The Lower Toltec Mine and Animas River-(C)SUSBTREET.org This ruin was once the Toltec Mine, a producing gold and silver claim that operated into the 1940s. Similar Images ...based on the tags: clouds, creeks, dirt-roads, mountains, ruins, sunrises, trees, water... Just across the North Dakota border, a rusty Milwaukee Road boxcar sits where it was shoved off the mainline. The grain elevator in the background marks the tracks, which is still used by BNSF. The Duncan House overlooks the Columbus Mill (left) and the Gold Prince Mill ruins (not picture, but to the right). Note the Columbus Mine itself above the mill. Footprints of houses past; tailings of mines past. The old way to get to the elevator from the mill. Mammoth Mine overlooks Central City from atop Mammoth Hill. In the distance you can make out Coeur d’Alene Mine (red), which operated from 1885 through 1940. A view of the Harris offices, complete with great block glass. A back-lit tree with the silhouette of a roof spire in the background. Between elevators, a single tree has taken root. I think it’s growing out of a rail grade, so the seed might have fallen off of a train. Before the clouds broke, I snapped this profile of the dumping control room and its spiral staircase. These are the colors that I dream in.