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View west on Victor Pass, showing Railroads, the T. & B. Sampler, the "Black Sampler" of the C.C. Sampling Co., and the Victor Mine
Sadly, the image quality is not great on this view, my second copy, larger than my first one but suffering badly from bad storage and I've lost about 1/7 of the width on the left due to exposing to light/sun. When viewing this on a high-resolution scan like 1200dpi one can see what appears to be dirt or similar appearing on the source original that this is a copy from. Makes me think this might be a photo of a glass plate negative laying on a light-table or similar, and that means there might be a chance of a better sharpness on the source image, but I can't tell for sure as I've never seen the original, thinking this view was an original one as per seller's info but it is a copy…
The whole view appears sort of foggy which is sad as it holds so much very interesting info. Got slightly better when I enhanced the view, but it still is a long way from what I thought I had got hold of. This goes for both copies of this scene that I own from same seller.
Location is at what I know as Victor Pass, direction of View is westerly, and when I scanned this I see that there are rails of all three railroads in this area; the Midland Terminal, the Short Line, and the Golden Circle 3-foot railroad. There are many railroad cars seen along the M.T. mainline, there is also railroad cars at the Short Line grade, both up along the mainline passed the 'Black Sampler', also seen in the left lower third of the image below the T. & B. Sampler, where The Short Line had a small yard. Also, the even more interesting part, the view of two Samplers and several Mines!
* Foreground just left of the sideway center, the whitish structure is the Taylor & Brunton Sampler, which later seems to have been also known as Copeland Sampler and Eagle Sampler even later some info indicates – and this photo was marked as Eagle Sampler on the backside, so that might be the reason, but further research is needed to get the story line of the ownership of that Sampler Structure in order. What is cool, and I did not know till I saw this photo on my 1200dpi scan, there are Dual Gauge tracks at this Sampler! It seems to be at both levels of it also, for sure on the upper level as I count 3-rails going into the shed. The Golden Circle seems to have had a spur down the southern leg of the M.T. wye seen about 1/4 in from right-hand side and following the track down the hill using a sort of switchback method to reach the sampler. I first suspected the connection was behind the House/Office seen about 2/5 up from bottom and about 1/3 in from left-hand side, but that seems to be a dead-end switching spur only as there is a height difference I can't make out to have been evened out, so I think they dual-gauged the M.T. tracks instead, using the wye and switchback spur down to the Sampler.
* About center top/down and just to the right of the sideway center is the 'Black Sampler', of the Cripple Creek Sampling Company, also known as the Cripple Creek Sampler, or Bull Hill Works and other names it appears, at one time served by dual gauge as the Golden Circle railroad had a spur here. Also served by the Short Line I assume as it runs straight passed it.
* Up near right-hand top corner, the Victor Mine is seen in its glory look, located along the Golden Circle Mainline tracks towards Vista Grande, with the Bull Cliffs part of Bull Hill seen at the top left of the mine structures. Looks to have been a Huge Mine structure!
* In addition, the Easter Bell Mine is seen to the right of the 'Black Sampler', about middle top/down and just over 1/4 in from right-hand side. Seen with a small Head-frame and a small single slope Hoist House.
* Further up the hill, about halfway up to the Victor Mine from the Easter Bell, and about 1/6 in from right-hand side the structures of the Little May Mine are visible on my enhanced view, with other mines also seen, but my 1903 topographic map has not numbered those, so I can't tell who they are at this time.
* The Venture Mine is seen to the left of the Victor Mine structures but are hard to pick out as a mine up there as the structures in that area blends into each other from this angle.
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