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