Miner’s first worked gold, silver,
A mill had been built down in the valley below to process the ore and a 3,300 ft aerial tramway was erected to connect them. It was the first aerial tramway in the state. A branch line of the Denver, South Park & Pacific Railroad reached the mill in 1882.
Winter is harsh here at 12,300 ft elevation. Nearby Mosquito Pass was once called the “pass of frozen death” for the unprepared miners who tried to cross it and died along the way.
Believe it or not, the mill was once powered by a giant windmill with sixty-foot arms! A storm destroyed it in the first winter after it was built in 1880. Unfortunately, there are only skeletal remains of the mill and tramway today.