This ruin was once the Toltec Mine, a producing gold and silver claim that operated into the 1940s.
The approach to the dock is rigidly geometric. I always thought its outline was beautiful against the lake that, by contrast, was always moving.
This rockhouse was added below the shaft to load Gilpin Tram cars.
Wood brick floors reduced noise and vibration, making the work environment safer and keeping the superstructure intact. Too bad people like to pile these up and set them on fire on the weekends. With 3.5 million sqft, though, it’s not exactly running out…
Hunter’s custom large format rig looks pretty cool, doesn’t it?
The top of the headframe, and in a sense, the mine itself. This pulley carried the life line of the mine and the men in it.
Past the underground repair shop is this cliffside adit.