I’ve been in a lot of different mines. Some on tours, some not. If you pass through Howardsville, Colorado without going on the Old Hundred Mine Tour, you’re missing out. This is what Santiago Tunnel looked like in the 1940s when it was near the end of its life.
Another ruined spiral staircase in the mill.
An iron gate separates vaults below the barracks.
An old nurse’s station (you can tell because of the half-door with table) with torn-up tiles. Notice through the curved doorway that even the ceiling has a curvature.
Like many mill-style buildings of the time, the Twohy’s loading doors (in this case, the delivery wagon doors) opened to an elevator shaft. This design cut down on loading time, as long as the elevator was operational. Of course, if it was otherwise occupied, there could be no traffic through the exterior doors!
Daisy Mill could accept shipments from water, rail, and truck at one time. Now everything comes and goes by rail.
One last look in the mirror before you turn around and walk onstage…
The ‘working’ part of the furnaces are about a story above ground level, so the catwalks snake above the tree line.