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