My Known Images:
Ophelia tunnel
This is a hidden text,
acting just like a spacer
type of text in order to
push the Entity info
down on the page. Sorry to have wasted your time/ear to listen to this, I was just trying to get a layout work like I wanted.
This page has a total of 3 images, as of 17.12.2021 (17:21:08).
Most Recent added/changed image is on top.
This view of lower Gold Hill is interesting in several ways as it shows several mines and three railroad lines.
* At bottom front is the Ophelia Tunnel seen, also later known as Moffat tunnel, or also known as the Gold Exploration tunnel, with its large crib wall and big power plant and tunnel house.
* Above the Ophelia is seen first the roadbed of the 3-foot narrow gauge F. & C.C with a trestle at left-hand side and a fill near right hand-side where a trestle used to be.
* Further up the hill then come the standard gauge M.T. railroad, with a trestle near right-hand side, which was later filled in and is today known as the ''Million Dollar Fill.''
* Near upper left is the roadbed of the Low Line, it enters into a large cutting somewhere left of the Pointer mine, sadly I am unable to pick out that cut and it has puzzled me for years why I can't see it.
* Near upper left is also the Pointer mine structures, and by looking at the PPLD view at 100% one can actually read the name Pointer on the ore-house of this mine and Pointer Mine on their shaft house!
* Just uphill, behind the Pointer, is another mine, they appear to have a head frame in front of their hoist house, I think that would be the Keystone Mine, but I am not certain. It could be a shaft on the Independence claim as that actually fits better with a claim map and a shaft on that, but I still think this mine would been known as Keystone.
* Left of the Pointer mine, up top at edge of view, there is the mine I know as Index Mine, but I also seen it as the Mint Mine before the Index mine came along, and possible this might been known as Keystone, Irish Molly or Goddard in early days as I think it is on one of those claims. This is before they built the large ore-house along the side-spur of the Short Line, branching off from the Low Line behind the hill so to speak.
* Also left of the Pointer, further down from the Index, is what I believe a structure on the Red Spruce, a small shed like, possible a hoist house, on the upper of two small dumps just above the M.T. roadbed.
* Just right off the Pointer mine is the structures of the Maggie No. 2 mine, the dump of the Pointer almost seems to engulf the small triangular head frame they seem to have on their property.
* Almost middle of view sideways, uphill from the Ophelia tunnel structure, there is a mine structure between the F. & C.C. and M.T. mainlines, quite a big head frame, hoist house and shed, water-tank and smokestack so more than a prospect type of mine operation. But I have a hard time placing it on a claim map and find a name for it, as it could on both the Puzzle & Bird claims. Possible others crossing same area, but for now I think it is the Puzzle mine structures.
—> There are more structures, but I am not able to decode things better at the moment.
   I did procure the colored version of this image, if that is what you see. Source was gray-toned, or in common speech black & white. Used an online service and tweaked and worked with image to get what looks best to my eyes at the moment.
Media Info Last Updated:
12.11.2021 (11:54:50)
Title on Image:
Lower Gold Hill with Ophelia Tunnel at Its Base, Railroads and Pointer Mine Up Left Near Top.
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
This view of lower Gold Hill is interesting in several ways as it shows several mines and three railroad lines.
graphic for visual presentation of text* At bottom front is the Ophelia Tunnel seen, also later known as Moffat tunnel, or also known as the Gold Exploration tunnel, with its large crib wall and big power plant and tunnel house.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Above the Ophelia is seen first the roadbed of the 3-foot narrow gauge F. & C.C with a trestle at left-hand side and a fill near right hand-side where a trestle used to be.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Further up the hill then come the standard gauge M.T. railroad, with a trestle near right-hand side, which was later filled in and is today known as the ''Million Dollar Fill.''
graphic for visual presentation of text* Near upper left is the roadbed of the Low Line, it enters into a large cutting somewhere left of the Pointer mine, sadly I am unable to pick out that cut and it has puzzled me for years why I can't see it.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Near upper left is also the Pointer mine structures, and by looking at the PPLD view at 100% one can actually read the name Pointer on the ore-house of this mine and Pointer Mine on their shaft house!
graphic for visual presentation of text* Just uphill, behind the Pointer, is another mine, they appear to have a head frame in front of their hoist house, I think that would be the Keystone Mine, but I am not certain. It could be a shaft on the Independence claim as that actually fits better with a claim map and a shaft on that, but I still think this mine would been known as Keystone.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Left of the Pointer mine, up top at edge of view, there is the mine I know as Index Mine, but I also seen it as the Mint Mine before the Index mine came along, and possible this might been known as Keystone, Irish Molly or Goddard in early days as I think it is on one of those claims. This is before they built the large ore-house along the side-spur of the Short Line, branching off from the Low Line behind the hill so to speak.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Also left of the Pointer, further down from the Index, is what I believe a structure on the Red Spruce, a small shed like, possible a hoist house, on the upper of two small dumps just above the M.T. roadbed.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Just right off the Pointer mine is the structures of the Maggie No. 2 mine, the dump of the Pointer almost seems to engulf the small triangular head frame they seem to have on their property.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Almost middle of view sideways, uphill from the Ophelia tunnel structure, there is a mine structure between the F. & C.C. and M.T. mainlines, quite a big head frame, hoist house and shed, water-tank and smokestack so more than a prospect type of mine operation. But I have a hard time placing it on a claim map and find a name for it, as it could on both the Puzzle & Bird claims. Possible others crossing same area, but for now I think it is the Puzzle mine structures.
graphic for visual presentation of text—> There are more structures, but I am not able to decode things better at the moment.
graphic for visual presentation of text I did procure the colored version of this image, if that is what you see. Source was gray-toned, or in common speech black & white. Used an online service and tweaked and worked with image to get what looks best to my eyes at the moment.
Image Note:
From page 241 in the Official Souvenir of the Fifteenth General Assembly, found through Internet Archive.
Source, Printed Items (Found/Seen in/Known):
  • page 241; Official Souvenir of the Fifteenth General Assembly - Published in 1905.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
I-00761
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#70]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#70
This is sadly not a good image but coming from a 1903 printed source and being not as a large image either, but a smaller one on a page, I guess this is the best I can hope for. It is still an interesting view as it is said to be inside the Ophelia Tunnel due to it being used in an article about the Gold Exploration Tunnel, and is titled Air Drills in Operation at the Breast of Tunnel 4800 Ft. From Entrance.
   Not much more to say, I assume this is an actual view at the breast of the Ophelia tunnel, but there is no way to tell for certain. All I know is that there are five men posing and that there are two machine drills at work, and that one of the men holds a candle holder with what appears to be two candles on it.
  I did procure the colored version of this image. Source was grey-toned, or in common speech black & white. Used an online service and tweaked and worked with image to get what looks best to my eyes at the moment.
Media Info Last Updated:
12.11.2021 (09:39:28)
Title on Image:
Air Drills in Operation at the Breast of Tunnel 4800 Ft. From Entrance
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
This is sadly not a good image but coming from a 1903 printed source and being not as a large image either, but a smaller one on a page, I guess this is the best I can hope for. It is still an interesting view as it is said to be inside the Ophelia Tunnel due to it being used in an article about the Gold Exploration Tunnel, and is titled Air Drills in Operation at the Breast of Tunnel 4800 Ft. From Entrance.
graphic for visual presentation of text   Not much more to say, I assume this is an actual view at the breast of the Ophelia tunnel, but there is no way to tell for certain. All I know is that there are five men posing and that there are two machine drills at work, and that one of the men holds a candle holder with what appears to be two candles on it.
graphic for visual presentation of text  I did procure the colored version of this image. Source was grey-toned, or in common speech black & white. Used an online service and tweaked and worked with image to get what looks best to my eyes at the moment.
Image Note:
My Collection; From page 71 in the 1903 New Year issue of Cripple Creek Times. I did procure the colored version of this image. Source was gray-toned, or in common speech black & white.
Source, Printed Items (Found/Seen in/Known):
  • Page 71; The Cripple Creek Times; New Years 1903 - Published in 1903.
  • Page 406; Mining Reporter; Volume XLIV, no. 21 - Published in 1901.
Source ID, My Collection:
I-01994
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#384]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#384
This is sadly not a good image but coming from a 1903 printed source and being not as a large image either, but a smaller one on a page, I guess this is the best I can hope for. It is still an interesting view as it is said to be inside the Ophelia Tunnel, 3300 feet from the Entrance, which I guess is the lighter spot about center of image.
  Kind of hard to accept that this is really this far inside the tunnel as the opening seems too large to be that far away, but whatever the truth is, I still have a view inside the tunnel saying this is a double-tracked tunnel, with a pipeline both up in the roof part on the right-hand side going out, and another one on left-hand side, following the ground.
  I did procure the colored version of this image. Source was grey-toned, or in common speech black & white. Used an online service and tweaked and worked with image to get what looks best to my eyes at the moment.
Media Info Last Updated:
12.11.2021 (09:37:33)
Title on Image:
Inside the Tunnel 3300 Ft From Entrance | Thirty-Three Hundred Feet From Entrance to Tunnel
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
This is sadly not a good image but coming from a 1903 printed source and being not as a large image either, but a smaller one on a page, I guess this is the best I can hope for. It is still an interesting view as it is said to be inside the Ophelia Tunnel, 3300 feet from the Entrance, which I guess is the lighter spot about center of image.
graphic for visual presentation of text  Kind of hard to accept that this is really this far inside the tunnel as the opening seems too large to be that far away, but whatever the truth is, I still have a view inside the tunnel saying this is a double-tracked tunnel, with a pipeline both up in the roof part on the right-hand side going out, and another one on left-hand side, following the ground.
graphic for visual presentation of text  I did procure the colored version of this image. Source was grey-toned, or in common speech black & white. Used an online service and tweaked and worked with image to get what looks best to my eyes at the moment.
Image Note:
My Collection; From page 70 in the 1903 New Year issue of Cripple Creek Times. I did procure the colored version of this image. Source was gray-toned, or in common speech black & white.
Source, Printed Items (Found/Seen in/Known):
  • Page 70; The Cripple Creek Times; New Years 1903 - Published in 1903.
  • Page 404; Mining Reporter; Volume XLIV, no. 21 - Published in 1901.
Source ID, My Collection:
I-01993
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#435]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#435