…a better view of the huge tailings boom stretching outside of the tailings pond.
This peak is a little over 7,000 feet high and is a popular hiking spot. As a bulky Minnesotan who is better built for an arctic expedition, I stuck to the mesa.
Typical New Mexico ranch fencing. The power lines follow the rails between Springer and Wagon Mound.
The west portal of the tunnel is open, and if it wasn’t for the rough track, I would think by looking at it that a train could be coasting up behind me any moment. Mamiya 6/Portra 160
On deck, looking at the door to the engine room.
The dry house is in the worse condition of the remaining buildings. This is where miners would change clothes.
Looking down the kiln line from atop the furnaces.
Looking through the an access panel at the hoist room for Shaft No. 3. The cable had long ago been scrapped, along with the motors to drive the pulleys. I still admire the workmanship on the spool’s arching metal shell.
The UP gets a lot of snow, making exploring its old mines a special challenge in the winter. The snow is more than 6 feet deep in this picture, and firm enough to walk on.