My Known Images:
Thompson Mine [aka Thomson lode]
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While the image quality is not that great due to the age and distance and all that, it still is a very important image to have! I struggle a little dating it as while it has a post stamp of 1908, I am unable to find the switchback from the M.T. up to the coal bins of Elkton Mine, which is shown on a USGS topographic map dated 1902/1903, which together with the showing of the Low Line which dates this after 1900, should narrow the timeframe down quite much, but the Elkton Mine structures gives me the impression this is way later then near 1900.
   This due to the fact Sanborn 1900 (CC Sheet 17) shows a different structure here, while photo matches better with Sanborn 1908 map (CC Sheet 30). But then again, that later map fails to show some of the mine structures seen here so that suggest this view predates it. And as my USGS map show a spur not here I must admit that this is from a timeframe of less than 3-years. More research is needed.
   Near bottom of this view lays a row of houses which forms the upper part of the settlement know as Eclipse, along Eclipse Gulch, stretching from about where F. & C.C. crosses the gulch and to around where the Economic Mill was further down the gulch at left, as far as I know.
   The grade of the F. & C.C. is seen about 1/4 up from the bottom, with a passenger train near right-hand side, heading towards Cripple Creek. There are several mine operations seen below and above that grade, but my knowledge is way too limited to tell anything about any of them.
   The town of Elkton is seen on the lower slope of Raven hill in the right-most half of the photo around middle of view top/down, where the large Elkton Mine makes up about center of this card, with the railroad grade of the M.T. running just left of the mine.
   The Low Line is seen about 1/3 up from bottom near right-hand side, climbing the hill towards left and about middle top/down and about 1/3 in from left-hand side it changes directions and goes towards right, cross over the M.T. on trestle and passes the Elkton mine on the right side.
   The Thompson large Shaft House (I think) is seen about center of view top/down and about 1/5 in from left-hand side, sadly I don't know of any Sanborn map of this structure, not that I can recall at the time of this writing [08.08.2017].
   There is also another mine structure at right foreground of the Thompson, left of the Low Line grade, but I dare not guestimate a name for that mine, nor do I dare take a stab at the name of the ones seen inside the town of Elkton either. One is easy to spot, just right of the mainline of M.T. with a large dump area, the other is more hidden among houses, still with a dump though. One day I hope to learn all this, one day.
   Raven Hill has it shares of mines as well, but the one I sort of care about is the Bostwick Shaft House, seen about 1/3 down from top and slightly right of center of view sideways, up from right-hand side of the Elkton mine.
Media Info Last Updated:
15.04.2018 (08:38:46)
Title on Image:
Birds-Eye View of Elkton, Colo.
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
While the image quality is not that great due to the age and distance and all that, it still is a very important image to have! I struggle a little dating it as while it has a post stamp of 1908, I am unable to find the switchback from the M.T. up to the coal bins of Elkton Mine, which is shown on a USGS topographic map dated 1902/1903, which together with the showing of the Low Line which dates this after 1900, should narrow the timeframe down quite much, but the Elkton Mine structures gives me the impression this is way later then near 1900.
graphic for visual presentation of text This due to the fact Sanborn 1900 (CC Sheet 17) shows a different structure here, while photo matches better with Sanborn 1908 map (CC Sheet 30). But then again, that later map fails to show some of the mine structures seen here so that suggest this view predates it. And as my USGS map show a spur not here I must admit that this is from a timeframe of less than 3-years. More research is needed.
graphic for visual presentation of text Near bottom of this view lays a row of houses which forms the upper part of the settlement know as Eclipse, along Eclipse Gulch, stretching from about where F. & C.C. crosses the gulch and to around where the Economic Mill was further down the gulch at left, as far as I know.
graphic for visual presentation of text The grade of the F. & C.C. is seen about 1/4 up from the bottom, with a passenger train near right-hand side, heading towards Cripple Creek. There are several mine operations seen below and above that grade, but my knowledge is way too limited to tell anything about any of them.
graphic for visual presentation of text The town of Elkton is seen on the lower slope of Raven hill in the right-most half of the photo around middle of view top/down, where the large Elkton Mine makes up about center of this card, with the railroad grade of the M.T. running just left of the mine.
graphic for visual presentation of text The Low Line is seen about 1/3 up from bottom near right-hand side, climbing the hill towards left and about middle top/down and about 1/3 in from left-hand side it changes directions and goes towards right, cross over the M.T. on trestle and passes the Elkton mine on the right side.
graphic for visual presentation of text The Thompson large Shaft House (I think) is seen about center of view top/down and about 1/5 in from left-hand side, sadly I don't know of any Sanborn map of this structure, not that I can recall at the time of this writing [08.08.2017].
graphic for visual presentation of text There is also another mine structure at right foreground of the Thompson, left of the Low Line grade, but I dare not guestimate a name for that mine, nor do I dare take a stab at the name of the ones seen inside the town of Elkton either. One is easy to spot, just right of the mainline of M.T. with a large dump area, the other is more hidden among houses, still with a dump though. One day I hope to learn all this, one day.
graphic for visual presentation of text Raven Hill has it shares of mines as well, but the one I sort of care about is the Bostwick Shaft House, seen about 1/3 down from top and slightly right of center of view sideways, up from right-hand side of the Elkton mine.
Image Note:
My Collection; Postcards.
Source, Printed Items (Found/Seen in/Known):
  • Postcard; Published by unknown; titled Birds-Eye View of Elkton, Colo. - Published in ????.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
P-03287
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#239]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#239
   This postcard view of the Thompson Shaft from Elkton Mine sort of helps in telling there was a mine on the Thompson claim where the M.T. switchback up to the Elkton coalbins had its switch.  One can see part of the lower leg of that spur poking up in a fill on the left part of the view - sort of between the two structures seen in the foreground. Head frame is seen behind there again, and a large cut in the rock making up this hill is seen just right of that mine.
   Seen in the foreground is the M.T. mainline tracks, which passed the Elkton mine, and who would be to the right and behind the photographer.
Media Info Last Updated:
30.03.2018 (15:49:18)
Title on Image:
Thompson Shaft (From Elkton Mine)
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
This postcard view of the Thompson Shaft from Elkton Mine sort of helps in telling there was a mine on the Thompson claim where the M.T. switchback up to the Elkton coalbins had its switch. One can see part of the lower leg of that spur poking up in a fill on the left part of the view - sort of between the two structures seen in the foreground. Head frame is seen behind there again, and a large cut in the rock making up this hill is seen just right of that mine.
graphic for visual presentation of text Seen in the foreground is the M.T. mainline tracks, which passed the Elkton mine, and who would be to the right and behind the photographer.
Image Note:
My Collection; Postcards.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
P-00300
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#21]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#21
I am not 100% sure which mine is seen here in the foreground right, but I've so far (08.01.2017) ended up with thinking this is part of the Thompson mine as it sorts of fits both my old 1903 topographic map, and a 1902 claims overview map where I see railroad lines drawn in and this view here indicates an ore-bin just beside the M.T. switchback up the Elkton Mine coal bins.
   This view is more towards the Elkton Mine in the distance, one of the larger mines in the District, while in the foreground the ore bin and trestle from some mine - most likely the Thompson Mine can be seen, a small mining operation.
   The massive trestle seen is part of the Midland Terminal trackage to get access to the coal bins of the power plant for the Elkton Mine, which also possible was served by the Short Line using the Low Line trolley tracks. A string of boxcars can be seen on that track off to the right of the trestle in the distance.
Media Info Last Updated:
25.02.2017 (11:11:53)
Title on Image:
Elkton Mine and the Kitty Lane Mine [aka Kittie Lane Mine]
Photographer [Date]:
William Edward Hook
Description:
I am not 100% sure which mine is seen here in the foreground right, but I've so far (08.01.2017) ended up with thinking this is part of the Thompson mine as it sorts of fits both my old 1903 topographic map, and a 1902 claims overview map where I see railroad lines drawn in and this view here indicates an ore-bin just beside the M.T. switchback up the Elkton Mine coal bins.
graphic for visual presentation of text This view is more towards the Elkton Mine in the distance, one of the larger mines in the District, while in the foreground the ore bin and trestle from some mine - most likely the Thompson Mine can be seen, a small mining operation.
graphic for visual presentation of text The massive trestle seen is part of the Midland Terminal trackage to get access to the coal bins of the power plant for the Elkton Mine, which also possible was served by the Short Line using the Low Line trolley tracks. A string of boxcars can be seen on that track off to the right of the trestle in the distance.
Image Note:
My Collection; Cropped view from a Group of images published in a Picture Book called O'er Canon and Crag to the Land of Gold, Series 3. Views is copyrighted 1904 by William Edward Hook.
Copyright Notice:
View is Copyright by William Edward Hook through a book published in 1904.
Source, Printed Items (Found/Seen in/Known):
  • page 43; O'er Canon and Crag to the Land of Gold, Series 3; Published by The Railroad View Publishing Co. - Published in 1904.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
I-00672
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#20]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#20