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T. and B. Sampler [aka Taylor & Brunton Bull Hill Sampler]
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The Taylor & Brunton Sampling Co. had two samplers in the Cripple Creek District, this was the newest one, located on Victor Pass or Bull Hill as it also is reported/said as to be on. This one was erected during 1901 and in operation since April 1902. All three railroads and both gauges could deliver ore to this sampler, as I have seen images with dual gauge at the upper level, but I do not know if the dual gauge extended down to the 'out' end of the Sampler.
   In this scene here, by Mr. Buckwalter, several locomotives with crews is posing at the various spurs, and I have seen three different photograph scenes based on this setup so the photographer moved around a little and took several scenes, making me wonder if that happen when the Sampler open for business in 1902?
   A slightly more cropped edition of this view appears in a September 1904 publication, so I know it can't be photographed later then August 1904 so in this case I could narrow down the timeframe of the photo to about a period of two and half year.
   I did procure the colored version of this image as I think it is nicer. Source is 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 for the moment.
Media Info Last Updated:
30.09.2022 (10:40:01)
Title on Image:
The Taylor & Brunton Sampling Company Sampler on Victor Pass
Photographer [Date]:
Harry H. Buckwalter
Description:
The Taylor & Brunton Sampling Co. had two samplers in the Cripple Creek District, this was the newest one, located on Victor Pass or Bull Hill as it also is reported/said as to be on. This one was erected during 1901 and in operation since April 1902. All three railroads and both gauges could deliver ore to this sampler, as I have seen images with dual gauge at the upper level, but I do not know if the dual gauge extended down to the 'out' end of the Sampler.
graphic for visual presentation of text In this scene here, by Mr. Buckwalter, several locomotives with crews is posing at the various spurs, and I have seen three different photograph scenes based on this setup so the photographer moved around a little and took several scenes, making me wonder if that happen when the Sampler open for business in 1902?
graphic for visual presentation of text A slightly more cropped edition of this view appears in a September 1904 publication, so I know it can't be photographed later then August 1904 so in this case I could narrow down the timeframe of the photo to about a period of two and half year.
graphic for visual presentation of text I did procure the colored version of this image as I think it is nicer. Source is 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 for the moment.
Image Note:
My Collection; Photographs. Enhanced, Colored 300dpi scan. I did procure the colored version of this image.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
P-00640
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#496]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#496
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.
Media Info Last Updated:
02.07.2018 (11:15:54)
Title on Image:
View west on Victor Pass, showing Railroads, the T. & B. Sampler, the "Black Sampler" of the C.C. Sampling Co., and the Victor Mine
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
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…
graphic for visual presentation of text 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.
graphic for visual presentation of text 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!
graphic for visual presentation of text * 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.
graphic for visual presentation of text* 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.
graphic for visual presentation of text* 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!
graphic for visual presentation of text* 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.
graphic for visual presentation of text* 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.
graphic for visual presentation of text* 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.
Image Note:
My Collection; Photographs. Enhanced, Straightened version of my 300dpi scan.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
P-03715
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#317]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#317
Title of this card is partly very badly written, not sure why. The scene is from Bull Hill, where the climb up from Cameron is ended and the downhill trip towards Victor is starting, I think this area is named Victor Pass in more modern time, at least I think of it as that name.
The Midland Terminal had a wye up here and a small yard, same did Short Line for a time, the yard of Short Line is seen about middle of this view, this side of the structure I know as the Taylor-Brunton Sampler on top of Bull Hill – on this card named as the Eagle Sampler for some unknown reason. M.T. had its yard on the higher side, behind the T. & B. sampler and outside the view at right-hand side.
On left-hand side of this view can be seen the very large Bull Hill works of the Cripple Creek Sampler, and I think at one time it was served by all three railroads with some dual gauge tracks to it.
The spur seen curving near lower left hand corner is part of the Short Line mainline, also High Line tracks for the Trolley, coming down towards Victor through the town of Goldfield, way down left if the photographer had turned towards left in about a 180 degree turn.
Media Info Last Updated:
20.06.2018 (09:17:36)
Title on Image:
#11-8; Cripple Creek Sampler, Blue Hill R.R.Terminal & Eagle Sampler
Photographer [Date]:
H. & H. Studio [Hileman & Hill]
Description:
Title of this card is partly very badly written, not sure why. The scene is from Bull Hill, where the climb up from Cameron is ended and the downhill trip towards Victor is starting, I think this area is named Victor Pass in more modern time, at least I think of it as that name.
graphic for visual presentation of textThe Midland Terminal had a wye up here and a small yard, same did Short Line for a time, the yard of Short Line is seen about middle of this view, this side of the structure I know as the Taylor-Brunton Sampler on top of Bull Hill – on this card named as the Eagle Sampler for some unknown reason. M.T. had its yard on the higher side, behind the T. & B. sampler and outside the view at right-hand side.
graphic for visual presentation of textOn left-hand side of this view can be seen the very large Bull Hill works of the Cripple Creek Sampler, and I think at one time it was served by all three railroads with some dual gauge tracks to it.
graphic for visual presentation of textThe spur seen curving near lower left hand corner is part of the Short Line mainline, also High Line tracks for the Trolley, coming down towards Victor through the town of Goldfield, way down left if the photographer had turned towards left in about a 180 degree turn.
Image Note:
My Collection; Postcards/Postcard Album.
Source, Printed Items (Found/Seen in/Known):
  • Postcard; Unknown Publisher; titled Cripple Creek Sampler, Blue Hill R.R.Terminal & Eagle Sampler - Published in ????.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
P-00312
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#163]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#163