This is an elevator to move mine car loads of sand to the surface for cleaning and eventually glass production. Below is a flooded equipment vault. In front and behind is a loop through the larger tunnels in the mine. The horizontal braces supported electric cables for the mine carts.
One of my favorite images from my stay… Note the snowed-over road in the distance! This is looking toward Animas Forks.
In this section of the Men’s Ward, sealed by brick from lower floors, the room doors had messages painted in their inside–some motivational, some not. I would be interested to hear if anyone knows the backstory of this section. Lighting is natural; it was just after sunset.
Gold, which has a relatively high mass, would drop through the slats of the sluice boxes as the water flowed over them. Around the dredge were a half dozen radiator pipes to keep the water flowing through the machines.
Sunrise in the orphanage… between classrooms and whispers.
In its later years, metal was welded over every door and window on the ground floor.
A look at the Longmont Sugar Mill in May 2014.
The ice reflects the blue sky on the rust. The sunset blasts through the concrete pillars holding it all up.
This building was 99 years old when it was demolished for the coal mine.