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Blue Bird Mine
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This is not the best quality image, but as I have not seen this view before I am happy to have what I have. View is at the south west slope of Bull Hill, taken from Raven Hill. It shows many mines and is an illustrative view at how mining looks as there are many small dumps, but also several large ones.
   * Up at upper left the American Eagle mine is seen against the sky, while the John A. Logan mine is just below a slightly bit to the left, with a huge dump in-front of it.
   * In upper right corner is the Blue Bird mine, also with a huge dump.
   * In foreground bottom, about center, I think the Mary L. mine operation is seen.
   * Across the gulch, large dump almost at bottom I think the Ben Harrison tunnel operation is seen.
   * The Dante mine is about center near top, seen as huge crib-walls, with the dumps of the Orpha May mine seen against the sky above.
   * The Gold Sovereign is some of the dumps at the left side, spread up the hill.
   I did procure the colored version of the image, 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, including straightening and cropping this view.
Media Info Last Updated:
18.11.2021 (17:04:03)
Title on Image:
The Gold Sovereign Property, on Bull Hill
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
This is not the best quality image, but as I have not seen this view before I am happy to have what I have. View is at the south west slope of Bull Hill, taken from Raven Hill. It shows many mines and is an illustrative view at how mining looks as there are many small dumps, but also several large ones.
graphic for visual presentation of text * Up at upper left the American Eagle mine is seen against the sky, while the John A. Logan mine is just below a slightly bit to the left, with a huge dump in-front of it.
graphic for visual presentation of text * In upper right corner is the Blue Bird mine, also with a huge dump.
graphic for visual presentation of text * In foreground bottom, about center, I think the Mary L. mine operation is seen.
graphic for visual presentation of text * Across the gulch, large dump almost at bottom I think the Ben Harrison tunnel operation is seen.
graphic for visual presentation of text * The Dante mine is about center near top, seen as huge crib-walls, with the dumps of the Orpha May mine seen against the sky above.
graphic for visual presentation of text * The Gold Sovereign is some of the dumps at the left side, spread up the hill.
graphic for visual presentation of text I did procure the colored version of the image, 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, including straightening and cropping this view.
Image Note:

Source, Printed Items (Found/Seen in/Known):
  • Page 79; The Cripple Creek Times; New Years 1903 - Published in 1903.
Source ID, My Collection:
I-02001
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#440]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#440
This is a look at Bull Hill mines from nearby Raven Hill with two men operating on the Nightingale Mine in the foreground. A little in near the right-hand side the top of the Headframe at the Maggie Mine is seen, with what I assume is their Ore house poking up at the left of the headframe.
   About 1/3 down from top, left-hand side, the Head Frame and Ore House of the Gold Sovereign Mine is seen being built up, I think this is the Jackson shaft, or Main Shaft, or No. 1 shaft, of the Gold Sovereign but has not been able to fully confirm that feel. The Tunnel portal of the Gold Sovereign is in the same area. Either way, this also marks the end of a spur/branch-line of the Short Line down from the High Line, named the Gold Sovereign Branch.
   This spur passes also the now large operations on the Trilby Mine, seen about 1/3 from top and 1/3 in from right-hand side where there are both a multilevel Ore house but also a Cyanide Mill, partly seen to the right of the orehouse.
   Further uphill, about 1/10 from top and about ¼ in from right-hand side the Dante No. 2 Mine is seen up along the High Line with the Blue Bird looming against the sky just to the left. Further left about 1/3 in from left-hand side the Dante No. 1 shaft is seen with most likely the Gold Sovereign No. 2 Whisper Shaft almost at upper left corner.
   I did procure the colored version of this image. Source was grayish, 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. I know of 11 editions of this view created at one time, two Magic Lantern types and nine Stereoviews as of today Oct. 27, 2021.
Media Info Last Updated:
30.10.2021 (10:13:02)
Title on Image:
Nightingale Mine, Bull Hill, Cripple Creek, Colo.
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
This is a look at Bull Hill mines from nearby Raven Hill with two men operating on the Nightingale Mine in the foreground. A little in near the right-hand side the top of the Headframe at the Maggie Mine is seen, with what I assume is their Ore house poking up at the left of the headframe.
graphic for visual presentation of text About 1/3 down from top, left-hand side, the Head Frame and Ore House of the Gold Sovereign Mine is seen being built up, I think this is the Jackson shaft, or Main Shaft, or No. 1 shaft, of the Gold Sovereign but has not been able to fully confirm that feel. The Tunnel portal of the Gold Sovereign is in the same area. Either way, this also marks the end of a spur/branch-line of the Short Line down from the High Line, named the Gold Sovereign Branch.
graphic for visual presentation of text This spur passes also the now large operations on the Trilby Mine, seen about 1/3 from top and 1/3 in from right-hand side where there are both a multilevel Ore house but also a Cyanide Mill, partly seen to the right of the orehouse.
graphic for visual presentation of text Further uphill, about 1/10 from top and about ¼ in from right-hand side the Dante No. 2 Mine is seen up along the High Line with the Blue Bird looming against the sky just to the left. Further left about 1/3 in from left-hand side the Dante No. 1 shaft is seen with most likely the Gold Sovereign No. 2 Whisper Shaft almost at upper left corner.
graphic for visual presentation of text I did procure the colored version of this image. Source was grayish, 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. I know of 11 editions of this view created at one time, two Magic Lantern types and nine Stereoviews as of today Oct. 27, 2021.
Image Note:
My Collection; Magic Lanterns. Cropped 1200dpi view without the frame. I did procure the colored version of this image. Source was grayish, 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.
Source ID, My Collection:
G-00122
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#414]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#414
Image is marked with ''Bull Hill, 1901 Wm. B. James Residence'' in handwritten note below the image, which actually is one photo pasted on top of another unknown photo below it - wonder what that story is about... But that date is wrong, as this image appears in a early 1900 publication and there is snow on ground, it has to be from the winter 1899/1900 making me assume 1899, possible December.
   Quality of photo is bad on the sides, unsharp and reminds me of many Harlan shots. I've also seen this view in a Portland Annual, making me think this is an Andrew James Harlan photo as he took most of those... Came with a cardboard frame which is cropped from the view I share.
   Many Mines are visible, in the foreground are a windlass which is on the Lost Anna lode, also known as Portland No. 3 Shaft. Above there is the mainline of the Golden Circle 3-foot railroad, crossing the High Line grade of the Electric Trolley system and later the Short Line branch line. Just to the left after that bridge is the location of the Hawkeye Mine operations, with the Los Angeles, Colorado City mines further up on the hill at left, about 1/3 down from top of view.
   The Power station of Colorado Electric Power Co. is also visible, same is the structures at the Last Dollar mine, which is seen at about 2/5 down from top at right-hand side. The Blue Bird mine also hugs the side, left-hand side, hiding sort of. The Lucky Guss west Shaft house is marked out about 6/27 from top, with Orpha May just to the left further into the view and at top, in the background about 5/17 in from left-hand side, the American Eagle structures are as a dark blob. More mines, I don't have their names yet, are also seen.
   I did procure the colored version of this image. Source was grayish, 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:
30.10.2021 (10:00:05)
Title on Image:
Bull Hill Mines as Seen From the Portland No. 3 Shaft
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown [1899]
Description:
Image is marked with ''Bull Hill, 1901 Wm. B. James Residence'' in handwritten note below the image, which actually is one photo pasted on top of another unknown photo below it - wonder what that story is about... But that date is wrong, as this image appears in a early 1900 publication and there is snow on ground, it has to be from the winter 1899/1900 making me assume 1899, possible December.
graphic for visual presentation of text Quality of photo is bad on the sides, unsharp and reminds me of many Harlan shots. I've also seen this view in a Portland Annual, making me think this is an Andrew James Harlan photo as he took most of those... Came with a cardboard frame which is cropped from the view I share.
graphic for visual presentation of text Many Mines are visible, in the foreground are a windlass which is on the Lost Anna lode, also known as Portland No. 3 Shaft. Above there is the mainline of the Golden Circle 3-foot railroad, crossing the High Line grade of the Electric Trolley system and later the Short Line branch line. Just to the left after that bridge is the location of the Hawkeye Mine operations, with the Los Angeles, Colorado City mines further up on the hill at left, about 1/3 down from top of view.
graphic for visual presentation of text The Power station of Colorado Electric Power Co. is also visible, same is the structures at the Last Dollar mine, which is seen at about 2/5 down from top at right-hand side. The Blue Bird mine also hugs the side, left-hand side, hiding sort of. The Lucky Guss west Shaft house is marked out about 6/27 from top, with Orpha May just to the left further into the view and at top, in the background about 5/17 in from left-hand side, the American Eagle structures are as a dark blob. More mines, I don't have their names yet, are also seen.
graphic for visual presentation of text I did procure the colored version of this image. Source was grayish, 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; Photographs. Cropped, enhanced version of my 300dpi scan. I did procure the colored version of this image.
Source, Printed Items (Found/Seen in/Known):
  • Page ?; Annual Reports, Portland Gold Mining Co. - 1900 - Published in 1900.
Source ID, My Collection:
P-02899
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#413]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#413
This view is taken from Squaw Mountain, looking north along west slope of Battle Mountain from the saddle between Squaw & Battle Mtn that is down outside view at lower right. In the distance left are Bull Hill mines, where the American Eagle is seen on the skyline about 1/3 in from left-hand side and about 1/7 down from top. Further down – about 2/7 - and to the left is the John A. Logan mine structures seen, while about same distance – just to the right – is the Blue Bird mine structures seen with its almost huge wall on the Orehouse and a tower on one side, left, of the orehouse. More to the right of the Blue Bird are the Orpha May, Lucky Guss and other mines.
   Below those mention mines are the roadbed of the High Line seen cutting through the hillside. Whereas the Dante Mine is located along that track, about halfway between John A. Logan and Blue Bird. Many more mines and mining operations are also seen but which is which is hard to tell.
   In the foreground, a short two car passenger Suburban Train on the 3-foot Golden Circle Railroad is coming down the tracks, passing several small mine operations there on Battle Mountain.
   I did procure the colored version of this image. Source was grayish, 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. Source had flaws, a bit faded, spots, discoloration, not sharp, but I worked over it as best as I could.
Media Info Last Updated:
30.10.2021 (09:01:54)
Title on Image:
Rounding Battle Mt. Golden Circle Ry. Pikes Peak.
Photographer [Date]:
Andrew James Harlan
Description:
This view is taken from Squaw Mountain, looking north along west slope of Battle Mountain from the saddle between Squaw & Battle Mtn that is down outside view at lower right. In the distance left are Bull Hill mines, where the American Eagle is seen on the skyline about 1/3 in from left-hand side and about 1/7 down from top. Further down – about 2/7 - and to the left is the John A. Logan mine structures seen, while about same distance – just to the right – is the Blue Bird mine structures seen with its almost huge wall on the Orehouse and a tower on one side, left, of the orehouse. More to the right of the Blue Bird are the Orpha May, Lucky Guss and other mines.
graphic for visual presentation of text Below those mention mines are the roadbed of the High Line seen cutting through the hillside. Whereas the Dante Mine is located along that track, about halfway between John A. Logan and Blue Bird. Many more mines and mining operations are also seen but which is which is hard to tell.
graphic for visual presentation of text In the foreground, a short two car passenger Suburban Train on the 3-foot Golden Circle Railroad is coming down the tracks, passing several small mine operations there on Battle Mountain.
graphic for visual presentation of text I did procure the colored version of this image. Source was grayish, 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. Source had flaws, a bit faded, spots, discoloration, not sharp, but I worked over it as best as I could.
Image Note:
My Collection; Photographs. Cropped, enhanced version of my 300dpi scan. I did procure the colored version of this image.
Source, Printed Items (Found/Seen in/Known):
  • Page ?; Annual Reports, Portland Gold Mining Co. - 1900 - Published in 1900.
Source ID, My Collection:
P-03493
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#415]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#415
Sadly another not so sharp glass plate negative! I can make out the High Line grade and some of the poles along it for the Trolley. I can see the Blue Bird, the John A. Logan and the American Eagle mines, but it is hard to get details for anything. Zoomed in I can also make out the Dante mine, I know the Orpha May is in this view, located uphill from the Blue Bird, and there are two larger Shaft Houses just above Blue Bird towards the sky that must be on the Grouse, Pikes Peak, Star of Bethlehem or Garfield lodes, but which is which I have no idea.
   I did procure the colored version of this image. Source was grayish, 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:
30.10.2021 (08:58:31)
Title on Image:
A view of Bull Hill Mines such as the John A. Logan & the American Eagle
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
Sadly another not so sharp glass plate negative! I can make out the High Line grade and some of the poles along it for the Trolley. I can see the Blue Bird, the John A. Logan and the American Eagle mines, but it is hard to get details for anything. Zoomed in I can also make out the Dante mine, I know the Orpha May is in this view, located uphill from the Blue Bird, and there are two larger Shaft Houses just above Blue Bird towards the sky that must be on the Grouse, Pikes Peak, Star of Bethlehem or Garfield lodes, but which is which I have no idea.
graphic for visual presentation of text I did procure the colored version of this image. Source was grayish, 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; Photographs, glass plate negative. Cropped, Sharpened, Scaled down to 3000 pixels wide. I did procure the colored version of this image. Source was grayish, 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.
Copyright Notice:
As I own the glass plate negative, I have the physical ownership to this view.
Source ID, My Collection:
G-00060
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#409]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#409
While not the best quality, I have seen way worse views before. Quite a nice view of the Shaft House of the Blue Bird Mining Co. I do not know if this is Shaft 1 or Shaft 2, as I've seen mention of at least two shafts, but I assume this is of the main shaft, and I also assume this is at the location of the later views if this mine with a much larger structure base, and railroad connection. I found this drawn on the 1900 Sanborn Fire Insurance map only, by the time the 1908 map came around the structures has changed so much I can't tell if it is at same location, some has been reused or anything, they are too different to tell for sure. This indicates this view to be from around 1898-1906, as it does not show up on the 1896 Sanborn map.
   View is a look at the Blue Bird Shaft House and Ore House combination on Bull Hill. This is from before the mine got connected to the High Line/Short Line Railroad as this is looking at the east side of the structures, while the railroad spur was connecting to the west side, but also had a spur on a the east side, both coming up the hill from the north side.
Media Info Last Updated:
16.06.2019 (16:22:34)
Title on Image:
Blue Bird Mine
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
While not the best quality, I have seen way worse views before. Quite a nice view of the Shaft House of the Blue Bird Mining Co. I do not know if this is Shaft 1 or Shaft 2, as I've seen mention of at least two shafts, but I assume this is of the main shaft, and I also assume this is at the location of the later views if this mine with a much larger structure base, and railroad connection. I found this drawn on the 1900 Sanborn Fire Insurance map only, by the time the 1908 map came around the structures has changed so much I can't tell if it is at same location, some has been reused or anything, they are too different to tell for sure. This indicates this view to be from around 1898-1906, as it does not show up on the 1896 Sanborn map.
graphic for visual presentation of text View is a look at the Blue Bird Shaft House and Ore House combination on Bull Hill. This is from before the mine got connected to the High Line/Short Line Railroad as this is looking at the east side of the structures, while the railroad spur was connecting to the west side, but also had a spur on a the east side, both coming up the hill from the north side.
Image Note:
My Collection; Scanned Glass Plate Negative; Image is Straightened, Twisted in terms of used a Perspective Filter and stretched in the height direction, Cropped, Enhanced and I've added a little bit of coloring to it.
Copyright Notice:
As I own the glass plate negative, I have the physical ownership to this view.
Source ID, My Collection:
G-00049
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#351]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#351
I am pretty certain this is on the former main road between Victor (behind and to the right) & Cripple Creek (into image towards left) where it went over the hills and valleys at a lower elevation then the railroads. I further believe this is as the road turn down into Eclipse Gulch, and that the valley up on the right-hand side is the Eclipse Gulch.
* The dump seen about 1/3 down from the top sticking into the view from right-hand edge would be the huge dump left after the Economic Mill burned down, at least that is what I think the dump is.
* Near the same edge, against the sky, the Blue Bird Mine can be seen as a darker spot, while the American Eagle is almost faded into the sky further to the left, about 1/4 in from right-hand side.
* The Shaft House of the old Bostwick Mine can be seen about 1/3 down from top and about 2/7 in from left-hand side.
Media Info Last Updated:
11.04.2018 (16:38:05)
Title on Image:
Looking Up Eclipse Gulch Towards Mines on Bull Hill in the Background, Possible Near the Old Site of the Mill I Love.
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown [1918]
Description:
I am pretty certain this is on the former main road between Victor (behind and to the right) & Cripple Creek (into image towards left) where it went over the hills and valleys at a lower elevation then the railroads. I further believe this is as the road turn down into Eclipse Gulch, and that the valley up on the right-hand side is the Eclipse Gulch.
graphic for visual presentation of text* The dump seen about 1/3 down from the top sticking into the view from right-hand edge would be the huge dump left after the Economic Mill burned down, at least that is what I think the dump is.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Near the same edge, against the sky, the Blue Bird Mine can be seen as a darker spot, while the American Eagle is almost faded into the sky further to the left, about 1/4 in from right-hand side.
graphic for visual presentation of text* The Shaft House of the old Bostwick Mine can be seen about 1/3 down from top and about 2/7 in from left-hand side.
Image Note:
My Collection; Postcards.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
P-02999
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#286]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#286