My Known Images:
Stratton's Independence No. 2
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This image here is part of a series of images which I only have this one. The Series seems to be called "Wonders of America" and this was Number 32. It was manufactured by Chicago Projecting Co. I think it might be an Andrew James Harlan photo but not confirmed it yet by 02.06.2019 when this note is written.
   Scene is in eastern part of Victor, looking up passed some structures and the eastern end of the F. & C.C. railroad yard, looking at the building of the larger Ore-house of the Independence, with its Experimental mill already in place to the right of the new Ore-house, as seen as whitish structures which roofs meet.
   In background left, about center top/down there is a whitish Shaft House of quite large size, this is the Independence No. 2 Shaft, not sure when that got out of use, but it is marked on my USGS 1903 topographic map, so I guess it lasted into the earlier 1900's at least.
Media Info Last Updated:
02.06.2019 (13:26:22)
Title on Image:
The Independence Mine
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
This image here is part of a series of images which I only have this one. The Series seems to be called "Wonders of America" and this was Number 32. It was manufactured by Chicago Projecting Co. I think it might be an Andrew James Harlan photo but not confirmed it yet by 02.06.2019 when this note is written.
graphic for visual presentation of text Scene is in eastern part of Victor, looking up passed some structures and the eastern end of the F. & C.C. railroad yard, looking at the building of the larger Ore-house of the Independence, with its Experimental mill already in place to the right of the new Ore-house, as seen as whitish structures which roofs meet.
graphic for visual presentation of text In background left, about center top/down there is a whitish Shaft House of quite large size, this is the Independence No. 2 Shaft, not sure when that got out of use, but it is marked on my USGS 1903 topographic map, so I guess it lasted into the earlier 1900's at least.
Image Note:
My Collection; Magic Lanterns. Cropped 600dpi view without the frame.
Source ID, My Collection:
G-00101
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#349]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#349
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Media Info Last Updated:
25.02.2017 (11:42:03)
Title on Image:
Independence and Portland Mines, Battle Mountain, Cripple Creek Mining District
Photographer [Date]:
William Edward Hook
Description:
This view shows several of the earlier mines on Battle Mountain, looking in a westerly direction.
graphic for visual presentation of text We see near left-hand side and about 1/3 from top-left the East and partly south side of the Old Independence Mine, with the ore-house in front of the shaft house, and partly hiding the west most part of it.
graphic for visual presentation of text Further up the hill to right is seen the well-known Independence Mine (No. 1) with its large Shaft House.
graphic for visual presentation of text If we go left about 1/3 from right-hand side, and about 1/4 down from top we see the large Shaft House of the Independence No. 2 shaft, with the M.T. railroad in front of it and not the greatest dump there yet. This makes this view earlier than a H.S. Poley view (My ID I-01172) which is dated around 1895, early 1896.
graphic for visual presentation of text Further up the hill is seen several shaft houses that shall disappear as the Portland Mine expand and engulf several of them, and in this view the larger ore-house seen in the before mention Poley view, which I have thought of as part of the Portland mine, that is no-where here to be seen below the shaft house of the Bob-Tail mine which is the structure at left of the Independence No. 2 where a single smokestack is poking up near end of the long sloping roof on the right side.
graphic for visual presentation of text A little left and downhill a tiny bit and more west is the smaller Shaft House of the Lowell Mine.
graphic for visual presentation of text Just above the Independence No. 2 is the original Portland Mine, just behind the smokestack of the Independence.
graphic for visual presentation of text The Black Diamond is located just left of the Portland mine, hard to see even in the 100% view of this photo. Hiding mostly also behind the Independence No. 2.
graphic for visual presentation of text Above the Portland and to the right, near the top is the Anna Lee mine, with a small ore-house in front and a smokestack seems to be located outside the shaft house itself, or at least at the lowest end of the long roof.
graphic for visual presentation of text Below the Anna Lee is seen the Scranton shaft, with its shaft house extended to make a different slope on the short roof side.
Image Note:

Copyright Notice:
Copyright restrictions applying to use or reproduction of this image available from the Western History and Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library, at photosales@denverlibrary.org.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
I-01171
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#84]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#84
This view is a little bit complicated to decode as there are many mines seen, but I do my best, and to help me out a little I have taken the view from DPL and started to mark out mines and blurred the rest as I am not able to show the view as it cost money to do it correct way as per info on their site. I just think what I've done here should be allowed as I am really helping them out so to speak.
Lowest marked on the hill is the Old Independence Mine, below the easy recognized Independence No. 1 Shaft House about middle of image.
Near the right-hand side there is six mine, not all that easy to see but use the DPL view and go for 100% or 200%view and it gets easier. I have marked out the Bob-Tail (aka Bobtail No. 2) Mine where it is hiding behind the newly built/under construction ore-house of the Portland No 1 mine (aka Burns Shaft). This shaft was set as near as possible to the center of the most productive portion of the Portland Gold Mining Co.'s ground. The Burns Shaft was commenced on the first of April 1895 as per the Feb. 3, 1896 Annual Report.
Just below the Portland mine is the large shaft house, and dump in front of it, of the Independence No. 2 mine. I've not been able to locate for certain the location of the Independence No. 4 shaft house. The mainline of the M.T. passes between the shaft house and the dump of the Independence No. 2 mine, and if memory serve me right, the ore-house is on the dump side of the tracks.
Above the Independence No. 2 and to the right of the Burns Shaft, the location of the original Portland shaft is also marked out, but I have a hard time seeing details there, as in that same area should be the shaft house and ore-house of the Black Diamond mine. In a few years, all this is changed drastic as there will be railroad grades, structures and dumps in that area fully erasing all traces of the start of the great Portland mine.
Further up the hill, near top and right-hand side of the image is the Anna Lee mine which suffered a dramatic cave-in in early January 1896 killing 8 men and possible ruined the shaft house as I think the whole shaft collapsed – but as of 26.01.2017 I've not been able to confirm that thought.
Below the Anna Lee is the Scranton Shaft/Mine, a large shaft house that stands for many years and can be seen in many images showing the Portland Mine operations.
Squaw Mountain is the hill at left-hand side and the mines seen/marked here is all on Battle Mountain.
Media Info Last Updated:
25.02.2017 (11:37:31)
Title on Image:
The Independence Mine
Photographer [Date]:
Horace Swartley Poley [1895]
Description:
This view is a little bit complicated to decode as there are many mines seen, but I do my best, and to help me out a little I have taken the view from DPL and started to mark out mines and blurred the rest as I am not able to show the view as it cost money to do it correct way as per info on their site. I just think what I've done here should be allowed as I am really helping them out so to speak.
graphic for visual presentation of textLowest marked on the hill is the Old Independence Mine, below the easy recognized Independence No. 1 Shaft House about middle of image.
graphic for visual presentation of textNear the right-hand side there is six mine, not all that easy to see but use the DPL view and go for 100% or 200%view and it gets easier. I have marked out the Bob-Tail (aka Bobtail No. 2) Mine where it is hiding behind the newly built/under construction ore-house of the Portland No 1 mine (aka Burns Shaft). This shaft was set as near as possible to the center of the most productive portion of the Portland Gold Mining Co.'s ground. The Burns Shaft was commenced on the first of April 1895 as per the Feb. 3, 1896 Annual Report.
graphic for visual presentation of textJust below the Portland mine is the large shaft house, and dump in front of it, of the Independence No. 2 mine. I've not been able to locate for certain the location of the Independence No. 4 shaft house. The mainline of the M.T. passes between the shaft house and the dump of the Independence No. 2 mine, and if memory serve me right, the ore-house is on the dump side of the tracks.
graphic for visual presentation of textAbove the Independence No. 2 and to the right of the Burns Shaft, the location of the original Portland shaft is also marked out, but I have a hard time seeing details there, as in that same area should be the shaft house and ore-house of the Black Diamond mine. In a few years, all this is changed drastic as there will be railroad grades, structures and dumps in that area fully erasing all traces of the start of the great Portland mine.
graphic for visual presentation of textFurther up the hill, near top and right-hand side of the image is the Anna Lee mine which suffered a dramatic cave-in in early January 1896 killing 8 men and possible ruined the shaft house as I think the whole shaft collapsed – but as of 26.01.2017 I've not been able to confirm that thought.
graphic for visual presentation of textBelow the Anna Lee is the Scranton Shaft/Mine, a large shaft house that stands for many years and can be seen in many images showing the Portland Mine operations.
graphic for visual presentation of textSquaw Mountain is the hill at left-hand side and the mines seen/marked here is all on Battle Mountain.
Image Note:
Copy of DPL image Z-6852 - marked the known mines, blurred the rest.
Copyright Notice:
Copyright restrictions applying to use or reproduction of this image available from the Western History and Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library, at photosales@denverlibrary.org.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
I-01172
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#80]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#80
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Media Info Last Updated:
25.02.2017 (11:14:23)
Title on Image:
Granite Mine & Battle Mountan Mines
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown [1895]
Description:
View of the Granite Mine front left, with the Golden Circle side spur passed its orehouse seen partly in lower right and the tramway to the dump where a miner is about to dump a mine ore car seen middle right-hand side. Where the crib-wall is seen on the left-hand side the mainline of the Golden Circle is climbing up towards other mines on Battle Mountain, but where it also is a side spur back to the Coal Shed seen just above the crib-wall. The Shaft house of the Granite is seen behind the coal shed.
graphic for visual presentation of text Just behind the shaft house of the Granite mine, is the Shaft house of the Lowell mine – with a small smokestack near the peak of the roof. All this is on the left-hand side of the view. Behind those mines, more right and up on the hill a little, one can see the cut made by the M.T. railroad, and further up in the background, is seen three other shaft houses.
graphic for visual presentation of text First, highest up, is the Shaft house of the Anna Lee Mine, with the Portland No. 2 Shaft House just right of it, with a Water-tank just below that mine to the right in this view.
graphic for visual presentation of text Below the water-tank is a shed like structure that appears to match perfectly to a known structure on the Bob Tail mine, located just below the M.T. roadbed. What happen to the shaft house seen on other views of the Bob Tail I can't tell you about now [as per 08.01.2017].
graphic for visual presentation of text The Shaft house furthest down the hill in this view I am not 100% certain about, but I think it is the shaft house known as the Independence No.2 mine. But it fits the look of that mine and location when compared to for instance DPL image X-62454.
Image Note:
DPL image X-62544.
Copyright Notice:
Copyright restrictions applying to use or reproduction of this image available from the Western History and Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library, at photosales@denverlibrary.org.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
I-00367
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#36]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#36