Silver Lake and Iowa Mines

I come up to the lake and town.

This was a really fun place to visit for me and one I’ve been trying to get to for some time. Weather makes it hard to get to most of the year and you have to climb up to the mine camp at 12,200 ft elevation.
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Recent News

And….  we’re back.  After taking a summer hiatus, we are back to posting. I’m fifty trips behind? A hundred? Oh I forget. (Actually, it’s more). Alright, I will try to post a few a month.
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Mayflower Mill

Micah and Alysia in the works.

The Mayflower Mill is one of the last fully intact mills in the Silverton, Colorado area. Also known as the Shenandoah-Dives Mill, it was the most advanced flotation mill for its time.
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Buffalo Boy Mine

Fading sunlight on the tram terminal.

The Buffalo Boy was a small gold and silver mine which started production around 1930. The mine is caved but the interesting thing about the site is the long and steep tramway heading up to it. The tram line is over 8,500′ in length and rises 2,500′ up cliffs to reach the mine at 12,550′ in elevation.
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Hand Painted Pueblo, Hovenweep National Monument

The Hand Painted Pueblo.

These are the remains of a small pueblo village site inside Hovenweep National Monument and surrounded by the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.

The pueblo was probably built in the 1200s by Ancestral Puebloans (Anazasi).  This tower is along the side of a canyon and completely below the rim.  We couldn’t see it until we were close.  It is an interesting and special place.
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Cutthroat Castle, Hovenweep National Monument

Coming thunderstorms over the pueblo.

The Cutthroat Castle pueblo was built around the same time as the other Hovenweep puebloan ruins.  Although the pueblo itself looks small, there would have been many people living around it in the area.  The site is along a canyon and is unusual in that it had a kiva built on top of a boulder and not underground.  Perhaps the terrain of the site simply wouldn’t have allowed it. The site is way out in the middle of nowhere but worth the journey.
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San Juan Chief Mill

Mill boilers and flowers.

This scenic ruined mill site was built in the late 1890s and never saw ore from its namesake, the San Juan Chief mine. It is the second mill to be built on this site. In 1900, it had 2 roasting furnaces and 15 stamps.
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Robidoux Inscription and Pictographs

On a late autumn day in 1837, a fur trapper from Santa Fe, Antoine Robidoux, stopped along a narrow canyon in the Territorio de Alta California (what is present day Utah).  Beaver pelts were surprisingly lucrative at the time and, as hard it is to believe today, the Uinta River was a haven for them.
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Cary Ranch Pictographs

These are very interesting.

A few years ago, my friend Rick and I were invited out by Dick Cary to visit his historic Cary Ranch and examine some of the pictographs there. The ranch area was first inhabited by the Mountain Cahuilla indians. The site is near a natural pass and an old indian trail that connects inland Southern California shrub lands to Anza Borrego country of the Sonoran Desert.
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Sound Democrat Mill

The Sound Democrat Mill is an awesome find and one of the highlights of the San Juan Mountains.  The mine was first discovered in 1899. Gold and silver ore from the mine was packed on mules over a 13,000′ ridge to the Sunnyside Mill in Eureka Gulch.
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