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View Towards the Portland Mill on Battle Mountain [Faded]
This did show up as a second copy of this Battle Mountain Scene, still blurred at the sides, and more faded, but I still had to get hold of it! Not sure if the blur is on the source image or has happen in the making of this photo copy, either way, going from only seeing/have it as printed type of Postcard, to now have it as two photo copies, I am so happy I fought for it on eBay where this is from.
The scene is eastern slope of Battle Mountain, and the large industry in the background is the District built Portland Mill, with Short Line tracks visible. The one about 1/3 up from bottom is part of the Portland/Ajax Mines branch, and at one time this was crossed by the original High Line Electric grade down to Victor, the crossing was behind the house seen. One can still make out the grade to the right of the house, and partly to the left as a fill partly hiding in bushes lowering itself faster on the hill then where the tracks now run. Sadly though, this copy of this scene is rather faded, but also suffers a little from the blurring of the sides.
I am confident that the cribbing and high raised Head-Frame, seen on the left-hand edge, put up on the scaffolding of timber along the Short Line grade is the Modoc No. 1 Shaft (while the Modoc normally shown is the No. 2 shaft.) Judging from a topographic map holding numbers to many mines, Julia Skolas was standing close to the No. 2 Modoc when she shot this view as there is a row of houses along a street seen in this view and on that map, a small community of workers for the nearby mines I assume.
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