The Eureka Mill, historically known as Sunnyside Mill, is now the gateway to Animas Forks.
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.
A gateway for St. Louis as seen through a gateway (of sorts) in East St. Louis.
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.
Looking out of the biggest cave into the shell of the burned brewery, almost 125 years after it was destroyed by fire.
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.
A long exposure of the side of the coke ovens, lit by the nearby streetlights.
The quenching water was reused over and over.
The outside of Whiting Mine, as it looks today.
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 ruins of the the Hubert Mine over the ruins of Nevadaville. Its ore was taken through the town to a mill below it.
Gunnell Mine was large and probably included a small stamp mill.
Some of the ruins are way off the beaten path… foundations of tank stands and pillars of buildings that never had walls or roofs.
Frontenac’s shaft house is well preserved, compared to all other around it. Leica/Summilux 35/Ektar 100
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.
Below Grand Army Mine is Gold Collar. A ‘collar’ is the braced section around the portal of a mine shaft.
The first time I saw Buffalo Central Terminal was from a westbound Empire Builder. In the foreground you can see the rows of platforms.
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.
A shallow creek traces Illinois Gulch toward the Chain O’ Mines mill. Ball mills are laid out in the sun.
The inside of the hotel, as seen from inside its beer cave.
The taller of the two smokestacks on site. Note the crack around its crown.
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.
Shells of mixing buildings.
An abandoned ranch on the east side of the tracks. This was not the Colmor Cutoff they were waiting for.
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.
Frontenac, as seen from the Missouri Flats area.
Grand Army, as seen from a Gilman Tram grade.
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.
The Sunnyside Mill, excepting the stained rebar, seems like part of the mountain.
This concrete sections supported a coal tower that loaded the larry.
Footprints of houses past; tailings of mines past.
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!
This ruin was once the Toltec Mine, a producing gold and silver claim that operated into the 1940s.
Looking across the ruin-strewn brownfield left from ACME’s operation and demolition.
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.
For 20 years, this served as the public library. According to blogger, this has been moved to Springer.
Near the smokestack were these remains of older Clark buildings. When I visited, only one brick building still stood.
Looking at the last wall of the hotel from the banks of the river.
The main street of the ghost town is also the maintenance road for the BNSF line that bisects Colmor.