Looking through the hole where a glass pane once was at the Columbus Mine ruins, just south of Animas Forks. It was quiet when I took the picture, but for the gurgle of the nearby Animas River.
The Columbus Mine overlooks its mill, which was one of the last to operate in the region, thanks to the demand for industrial metals during World War II.
There are many skeletal remains of buildings that were burned to destroy the pollutants inside. It’s not an uncommon step in a cleanup.
A damaged roof channeled rain onto the adobe walls, cutting them in half. In the distance, a preserved house and the ruins of the Colmor School.
The inside of the hotel, as seen from inside its beer cave.
Frontenac’s shaft house is well preserved, compared to all other around it. Leica/Summilux 35/Ektar 100
These concrete blocks were formed to be solid mounts for machinery. All the metal was scrapped in the late 1990s, leaving these modern ruins. Seagulls love them.
The quenching water was reused over and over.
The Sunnyside Mill, excepting the stained rebar, seems like part of the mountain.
Demolished coke furnaces. See my article on ACME Coke in Chicago to get a feeling for what this looked like before it got knocked down.
The wood-braced structures descending the hill connected the La Crosse Tunnel to the mill in Central City. To see a picture of an aerial tram in action, see at my Treasure Mountain article.
Near the old slag dump there are the remains of the pouring buckets that received the molten steel from the US Steel blast furnaces, filled to the brim with pig iron. They must be incredibly heavy!
The first time I saw Buffalo Central Terminal was from a westbound Empire Builder. In the foreground you can see the rows of platforms.
A shallow creek traces Illinois Gulch toward the Chain O’ Mines mill. Ball mills are laid out in the sun.
Near the smokestack were these remains of older Clark buildings. When I visited, only one brick building still stood.
Grand Army, as seen from a Gilman Tram grade.
Looking at the last wall of the hotel from the banks of the river.
A gateway for St. Louis as seen through a gateway (of sorts) in East St. Louis.
Below Grand Army Mine is Gold Collar. A ‘collar’ is the braced section around the portal of a mine shaft.
Footprints of houses past; tailings of mines past.
For 20 years, this served as the public library. According to blogger, this has been moved to Springer.
Frontenac, as seen from the Missouri Flats area.
A quick shot with a Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5 (V1-M Mount). Possibly my favorite lens. Birds love these postindustrial ruins, and they hated me exploring and photographing them.
Some of the ruins are way off the beaten path… foundations of tank stands and pillars of buildings that never had walls or roofs.
The Eureka Mill, historically known as Sunnyside Mill, is now the gateway to Animas Forks.
Looking across the ruin-strewn brownfield left from ACME’s operation and demolition.
A long exposure of the side of the coke ovens, lit by the nearby streetlights.
Looking out of the biggest cave into the shell of the burned brewery, almost 125 years after it was destroyed by fire.
This concrete sections supported a coal tower that loaded the larry.
This ruin was once the Toltec Mine, a producing gold and silver claim that operated into the 1940s.
An abandoned ranch on the east side of the tracks. This was not the Colmor Cutoff they were waiting for.
The EPA has been doing work on and off over the past few years, digging up the foundations of the demolished steel mill to clean up the site.
The main street of the ghost town is also the maintenance road for the BNSF line that bisects Colmor.
Some of the workings inside the ruins of the Gold Prince Mill are still obvious, such as this steel ore chute over that used to feed a floatation tank.
Shells of mixing buildings.
The ruins of the the Hubert Mine over the ruins of Nevadaville. Its ore was taken through the town to a mill below it.
The taller of the two smokestacks on site. Note the crack around its crown.
The outside of Whiting Mine, as it looks today.
Short-stack remains of mounts for rod and ball mills, if I was to bet. The concentrator separated junk rock (tails) from the copper and silver ore, to such a point it could be smelted.
Gunnell Mine was large and probably included a small stamp mill.