Ramshorn and Skylark Mines

I took a trip to a couple of mines high up in the Central Rocky mountains of Idaho.  I love finding old mines with tramways and these two were great.

A large silver-lead strike was made at the Ramshorn mine (and the Skylark above it) in 1877 and the rush was on. By 1882, a smelter had been blown in, charcoal kilns built and 300 people lived in the town of Bay Horse that had sprung up down in the canyon below. The smelter was closed by 1897 but mining continued until 1925.

Today, the mines are collapsed and both mines are part of Land of the Yankee Fork State Park in Idaho. They are a fun hike to get up to.

My first stop is at the lower tram terminal. This services both the Ramshorn and the Skylark mines. My first stop is at ...
I'm headed up there. I'm headed up t...
Headed towards the Ramshorn. Headed towards the R...
This old can probably once held fruit or tomatoes and dates before 1904. This old can probabl...
Looking down at the tram terminal from my hike. Looking down at the ...
Tram tower. Tram tower.
Looking up to the Skylark. Looking up to the Sk...
Tram tower. Tram tower.
At the Ramshorn Mine. At the Ramshorn Mine.
Fallen rails on the tram station and note the tram went through the station. Fallen rails on the ...
Tram station. Tram station.
Rails to the tramway. Rails to the tramway.
The adit is caved. The adit is caved.
Tool bins. Tool bins.
The Ramshorn bunkhouse. The Ramshorn bunkhouse.
Ramshorn tram station. Ramshorn tram station.
Inside the bunkhouse. Inside the bunkhouse.
Green wallpaper still hangs on the walls. Green wallpaper stil...
Close-up of wallpaper. Close-up of wallpaper.
Little remains. Little remains.
Must have been something to live and work here. Must have been somet...
Walking around. Walking around.
Nice view. Nice view.
A look at the tram station. A look at the tram s...
Downstairs in the bunkhouse. Downstairs in the bu...
Old shoe. Old shoe.
Watch your step. Watch your step.
The back wall has fallen off. The back wall has fa...
The place needs some serious restoration. The place needs some...
I'm not sure what this room was for? Beds? I'm not sure wh...
I found another shoe. I found another shoe.
Tram towers up to the Skylark. Tram towers up to th...
The Skylark tramhouse sits a few hundred feet above me. The Skylark tramhous...
Gated and filled with snow. Gated and filled wit...
Remains of another building. Remains of another b...
The trails are built for quads up here but I drove to this point. Haha! The trails are built...
The rest of the way is on foot however. The rest of the way ...
The trail. The trail.
It's a bit steep. It's a bit steep.
Skylark tramhouse. Skylark tramhouse.
At the tramhouse. At the tramhouse.
Not much left inside. Not much left inside.
The attic also probably served as a bunkhouse. The attic also proba...
This place has taken a beating over the years. This place has taken...
Ore loading area. Ore loading area.
Tramhouse. Tramhouse.
You can see the tram works inside. You can see the tram...
Pulley wheel. Pulley wheel.
Bull wheel for the tram. Bull wheel for the t...
Ballast box. Ballast box.
Wheel for tramway. Note the braking mechanism in the foreground. Wheel for tramway. N...
Cable wheel. Cable wheel.
Looking down the tram line that drops 1,500' to the bottom of the canyon. Looking down the tra...
Tram works. Tram works.
A cable still on the wheel. A cable still on the...
Getting around inside is tricky. Getting around insid...
Lower level of the tramhouse has a dining area and stove. Lower level of the t...
Dining room. Dining room.
Looking towards the entrance. Looking towards the ...
Porch is gone here. Porch is gone here.
Kitchen. Kitchen.
They had a fanstastic view. They had a fanstasti...
Kitchen panorama. Kitchen panorama.
Main stove. Main stove.
Tram tower right out the door. Tram tower right out...
Sink. Sink.
Dishwasher's view. Dishwasher's view.
1,500' down the line. 1,500' down the...
I found a hand-made bottle neck. I found a hand-made ...
One last kitchen view. One last kitchen view.
A last look at the Ramshorn Mine before I head out. A last look at the R...


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