Mountain Sunrise Early bird catches the shadow of Battle Mountain blaring across the ghost town. Similar Images ...based on the tags: graffiti, mountains, shacks, sun-beams, sunrises, trees... 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. From the boarded-up choir loft above the chapel, minutes after sunrise. Obviously local kids have long had their way with this landmark. The cemetery for the old asylum is, sadly, largely unmarked. Only in recent years has there been a real effort to locate and identify the remains there. “It must have been beautiful once.” “Yeah, especially in the winter.” Cobble streets wrap around the inside of the fort. At sunrise the fog rose near the solvent recovery line. You can barely read the “XXX” warning. From left to right: shaft building, headframe, rock house, hoist house. The coal extractor swings back and forth, ripping coal from the ground and throwing it on a conveyor belt to be burned a few miles away. Beside the shaft building are two fans on skids, indicating they were used underground.