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.
Standing on the fence barricade that used to keep squatters out of the tunnel, the size of the space is impressive. What you see here is the current length of the tunnel; I set up a flashlight at the end to illuminate the concrete wall that is the lower portal.
If it weren’t for the fact there were trees growing from it, and that I cropped out the end of the rail approach, one might think this is still used occasionally.
A lime auger and massive feet of the lime hopper.
Spring melt flows down the rusty rock house. In the background is the frame for the shaft.
It’s almost hard to tell whether the colors come from oil in the water or the colorful glass lit up by the Michigan sunset.
A typical large mine tunnel. You can just make out the narrow gauge rail.
The gulls wait to eat the next load of spilled grain. Arista 100.
Below the factory floor is a network of hallways and tunnels, all flooded with water.