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Monday, December 5, 2016

Pit Mine

In my mining explanations, I signed up for a tour of the active Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine, an active open-pit mine.
It's a major employer in the area and it's impressive to see.
The haulers going up and down the mining roads are massive; I'll show you more details soon.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Denver Fish (3)

Here's another of my series from the Denver Aquarium a few weeks ago.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Palm Tree

I always love palm trees as I've never lived anywhere warm enough for them to grow. For Skywatch Friday, here's one from the Charleston area.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Cripple Creek Views

I've been showing some photos of the area's mining history. Here are views around the town of Cripple Creek, one of the main gold-mining towns. These days it survives mainly on legalized gambling - here's a view of the town itself.
It's situated in a very pretty, hilly area on the Western side of Pikes Peak.
There are only a couple of roads into town, but it's only a little over an hour from Colorado Springs.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Theresa Mine

I don't have a lot of information about this mine, the Theresa Mine, in the Victor/Cripple Creek area.
It operated from 1895 to 1961.
The buildings are still standing but decaying. This is the change house.
At one time it would have been a hive of activity. Can you imagine getting in that cage suspended by one cable to go hundreds of feet underground?
Here is the hoist mechanism, still intact but I'd guess not functional.
I'll continue my series on local mining next week.
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