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Ajax Mine
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This panoramic view of the Rio Grande Sampler in Victor, by photographer A.J. Harlan, is quite nice to have access to as it tells a little about the lower railroad side of this structure that over the years had different names and owners, from its start as Victor Public Sampler sometime before the railroad came to town. The structures themselves was reported to have been lost in the 1899 Victor Fire so this view here is how it looked after it got rebuilt.
   Direction of this view is in a northwesterly direction, Battle Mountain is in background left, with its transition over to Squaw Mountain at the left-hand side. This Sampler was located just below the Midland Terminal yard in Victor and was served by dual gauge tracks as it served as a switchback entry down to the Strong Ore-house for the M.T. as well as one can see on the foreground dual-track it allowed the F. & C.C. access to the Sampler.
   At the left-hand side, about middle top/down, partly seen, is the Ore-House of the Mary Cashen Mine that was also served by the tracks at this location.
   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 for the moment.
Media Info Last Updated:
16.12.2021 (17:12:29)
Title on Image:
The Rio Grande Sampler in Victor
Photographer [Date]:
Andrew James Harlan
Description:
This panoramic view of the Rio Grande Sampler in Victor, by photographer A.J. Harlan, is quite nice to have access to as it tells a little about the lower railroad side of this structure that over the years had different names and owners, from its start as Victor Public Sampler sometime before the railroad came to town. The structures themselves was reported to have been lost in the 1899 Victor Fire so this view here is how it looked after it got rebuilt.
graphic for visual presentation of text Direction of this view is in a northwesterly direction, Battle Mountain is in background left, with its transition over to Squaw Mountain at the left-hand side. This Sampler was located just below the Midland Terminal yard in Victor and was served by dual gauge tracks as it served as a switchback entry down to the Strong Ore-house for the M.T. as well as one can see on the foreground dual-track it allowed the F. & C.C. access to the Sampler.
graphic for visual presentation of text At the left-hand side, about middle top/down, partly seen, is the Ore-House of the Mary Cashen Mine that was also served by the tracks at this location.
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 for the moment.
Image Note:
My Collection; From page 104 in the 1903 New Year issue of Cripple Creek Times. I did procure the colored version of this image.
Source, Printed Items (Found/Seen in/Known):
  • The Cripple Creek Times; New Years 1903 (page 104) - Published in 1903.
Source ID, My Collection:
I-02023
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#468]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#468
Being this is from a printed source, I do not expect too much clarity, but thankfully the image was filling much of the page, making it at least a useful type of image. By the time I write this text in late November 2021 I know of this view in three printed sources but assume it will show up in more as time goes by and I get myself an even better overview.
   Regarding this scene though, in the foreground is the Victor railroad yard of the 3-foot narrow-gauge F. & C. C., with many boxcars, a few gondola type of cars, one locomotive, and at least one flatcar with lumbers on it. The whole yard is in a curve, and at left-hand side a growing dump from the Strong Mine is growing up, access to it is via a long truss-type of bridge from the Ore-house of the Strong Mine, which Shaft-house is seen quite nicely with several structures.
   Battle Mountain is the hill in the background, while on the left-hand side background Squaw Mountain fill the sky so to speak. About center, just to the right of it, in the background, against the sky, the huge Shaft-house of the Ajax mine are seen, with a s smaller Head-frame operation seen much closer to the Strong, most likely on the Black Diamond ground, but hard to tell for certain. What I do know, but hard to see in this view, is that the original High Line trolley grade is coming down the hill below that before mention Headframe.
   I did procure the colored version of this 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 for the moment.
Media Info Last Updated:
26.11.2021 (12:19:52)
Title on Image:
The Strong Mine
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
Being this is from a printed source, I do not expect too much clarity, but thankfully the image was filling much of the page, making it at least a useful type of image. By the time I write this text in late November 2021 I know of this view in three printed sources but assume it will show up in more as time goes by and I get myself an even better overview.
graphic for visual presentation of text Regarding this scene though, in the foreground is the Victor railroad yard of the 3-foot narrow-gauge F. & C. C., with many boxcars, a few gondola type of cars, one locomotive, and at least one flatcar with lumbers on it. The whole yard is in a curve, and at left-hand side a growing dump from the Strong Mine is growing up, access to it is via a long truss-type of bridge from the Ore-house of the Strong Mine, which Shaft-house is seen quite nicely with several structures.
graphic for visual presentation of text Battle Mountain is the hill in the background, while on the left-hand side background Squaw Mountain fill the sky so to speak. About center, just to the right of it, in the background, against the sky, the huge Shaft-house of the Ajax mine are seen, with a s smaller Head-frame operation seen much closer to the Strong, most likely on the Black Diamond ground, but hard to tell for certain. What I do know, but hard to see in this view, is that the original High Line trolley grade is coming down the hill below that before mention Headframe.
graphic for visual presentation of text I did procure the colored version of this 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 for the moment.
Image Note:
My Collection; From page 88 in the 1903 New Year issue of Cripple Creek Times. I did procure the colored version of this image.
Source, Printed Items (Found/Seen in/Known):
  • Page 88; The Cripple Creek Times; New Years 1903 - Published in 1903.
  • Seeing Cripple Creek, January 1905 (Vol. 4, No. 2) (page 33) - Published in 1905.
  • Seeing Cripple Creek, July 1905 (Vol. 5, No. 2) (page 33) - Published in 1905.
Source ID, My Collection:
I-02011
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#449]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#449
This view of the huge structures at the Ajax Mine, which was located on top of Battle Mountain at Victor (Cripple Creek District), Colorado, shows many things of interest, I think.
   In foreground lower right is the Crib-tunnel for Golden Circle trackage beneath the dumping ground of the upper Dead Pine operations, and further to the left along the bottom is the cribbing wall holding back some waste dump growing beside the Golden Circle mainline passed the mine.
   On the right-hand side is a steep trestle with rails on it to take ore-cars up to a dumping point up along the end of the Short Line spur to this mine, there are cabins and other structures climbing the hill in the background, and there are trees surviving this area even.
   I did procure the colored version of this image. Source was grey-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:
20.11.2021 (14:42:10)
Title on Image:
Ajax Mine
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
This view of the huge structures at the Ajax Mine, which was located on top of Battle Mountain at Victor (Cripple Creek District), Colorado, shows many things of interest, I think.
graphic for visual presentation of text In foreground lower right is the Crib-tunnel for Golden Circle trackage beneath the dumping ground of the upper Dead Pine operations, and further to the left along the bottom is the cribbing wall holding back some waste dump growing beside the Golden Circle mainline passed the mine.
graphic for visual presentation of text On the right-hand side is a steep trestle with rails on it to take ore-cars up to a dumping point up along the end of the Short Line spur to this mine, there are cabins and other structures climbing the hill in the background, and there are trees surviving this area even.
graphic for visual presentation of text I did procure the colored version of this image. Source was grey-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; From page 80 in the 1903 New Year issue of Cripple Creek Times. I did procure the colored version of this image.
Source, Printed Items (Found/Seen in/Known):
  • Page 80; The Cripple Creek Times; New Years 1903 - Published in 1903.
Source ID, My Collection:
I-02002
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#443]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#443
This view of the huge structures at the Ajax Mine, which was located on top of Battle Mountain at Victor (Cripple Creek District), Colorado, shows many things of interest, I think.
   In foreground lower right is the Crib-tunnel for Golden Circle trackage beneath the dumping ground of the upper Dead Pine operations, and further to the left along the bottom is the cribbing wall holding back some waste dump growing beside the Golden Circle mainline passed the mine.
   On the right-hand side is a steep trestle with rails on it to take ore-cars up to a dumping point up along the end of the Short Line spur to this mine, there are cabins and other structures climbing the hill in the background, and there are trees surviving this area even.
Media Info Last Updated:
20.11.2021 (13:18:45)
Title on Image:
Ajax Mine Structure
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
This view of the huge structures at the Ajax Mine, which was located on top of Battle Mountain at Victor (Cripple Creek District), Colorado, shows many things of interest, I think.
graphic for visual presentation of text In foreground lower right is the Crib-tunnel for Golden Circle trackage beneath the dumping ground of the upper Dead Pine operations, and further to the left along the bottom is the cribbing wall holding back some waste dump growing beside the Golden Circle mainline passed the mine.
graphic for visual presentation of text On the right-hand side is a steep trestle with rails on it to take ore-cars up to a dumping point up along the end of the Short Line spur to this mine, there are cabins and other structures climbing the hill in the background, and there are trees surviving this area even.
Image Note:
From my collection, scan from a negative taken from some unknown print source, possible from an 1903 published issue. I've added the coloring part.
Source ID, My Collection:
P-01335
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#364]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#364
Image is for some reason marked as being the Cresson Mine, in reality it is the Ajax Mill at the left, and the Ajax mine more to the right of the image. No idea why it is called the Cresson in this view.
Media Info Last Updated:
11.11.2019 (20:17:26)
Title on Image:
Ajax Mine, Showing Cable Tram, Cripple Creek District, Colorado.
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
Image is for some reason marked as being the Cresson Mine, in reality it is the Ajax Mill at the left, and the Ajax mine more to the right of the image. No idea why it is called the Cresson in this view.
Image Note:

Source, Printed Items (Found/Seen in/Known):
  • no. 4; Postcard Folder showing scenes from the Cripple Creek District; undated - Published in ????.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
  • My Website; Album Page View:
Source ID, My Collection:
A-00336
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#365]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#365
This sadly very bad view at the aerial tram at the Ajax Mine and Mill, show how they is storing the tailing in a deep gulch behind a dam of waste rock from the mine. The dam is being built by means of the aerial tramway dropping rock where needed for the purpose.
Media Info Last Updated:
09.11.2019 (22:27:00)
Title on Image:
Dumping Waste at the Ajax to Make Tailing Dam.
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
This sadly very bad view at the aerial tram at the Ajax Mine and Mill, show how they is storing the tailing in a deep gulch behind a dam of waste rock from the mine. The dam is being built by means of the aerial tramway dropping rock where needed for the purpose.
Image Note:
My Collection; Scanned from page 299 in the August 23, 1913 issue of The Mining and Scientific Press; from a 300dpi scan.
Source, Printed Items (Found/Seen in/Known):
  • Page 299; The Mining and Scientific Press [Vol. 107, No. 8] - Published in 1913.
Source ID, My Collection:
I-01792
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#363]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#363
This overview of Victor as seen from somewhere in South-East  has been credited to several photographs, Schedin & Lehman is written on an Image seen at DPL, where also Julia Skolas has her name, but as this view is from after the 1899 fire which took out much of Victor, but before the head-frame of the Gold Coin was covered sometime in 1900/1901 timeframe, I can't see how she can have actually have taken this photo, so I think she bought it and the rights to it – and possible others – from the Schedin & Lehman company after she arrived at the District.
The usefulness of this image is really on the DPL view, as most of the mines are deep into the image and some of them are really not much to actually see anything other than knowing they are in this view in order to help place them in a mental map of the District/area.
* In the foreground left is the mine I've seen a close-up off from the other side, where it then was marked as "Great Central Mining & Milling Co.", and from other sources I have it linked as being named/known as the Maggie Mine.
* About middle bottom/top along the right-hand side is the top part of the Shaft-house of the Strong Mine, with the Victor High-School in front of it.
* About 2/5 down from top and about center left/right is the large smokestack of the Gold Coin mine, with the Head-frame at right of the smokestack – best seen on the DPL large image. This helps date the image except I don't know the date the head-frame was enclosed in the brick structure most common known as the Gold Coin mine.
* Above the smokestack of the Gold Coin, high up on Squaw Mtn. is a dump area seen, there is a small Shaft-house there, again I refer to the DPL as best view, that is the Nellie V. mine.
* About 1/4 in from right-hand side, and about 1/3 down from top, is the large Ajax Mine complex seen, with the big dump out over the hillside of Battle Mountain. Looking at the DPL view one can actually see they are extending the Ore-house towards right in this view.
* Just right of the Ajax is the upper shaft of the Dead Pine, located along the Golden Circle, they did as the Portland Mine did, they have a tunnel over the tracks of the Golden Circle narrow gauge line, except here it is made of wood, not steel as on the Portland property. Can't say it is on the view, I know it is there, seen as a dark spot between Ajax and Dead Pine, but it is too far away to be of any use at all.
* Further to the right, just left of the massive Portland dumps, where the hill curves, there lays the Granite Mine, seen with its Shaft-house and power house, smokestack and all, albeit at a to large distance to be of any good use for a model work, it helps in determining where in the area it was located.
* The Dillon Mine has actually two shafts seen in this view, again it is the DPL view that is really of any use to such image research, a slight distance left of the shaft-house of the Strong mine on the right-hand side, there is a small Head-frame and small hoist house seen on the hillside with a dump – that is located on the Dillon claim. Further up the hill, more hidden away due to distance and such, is the more commonly associated boxy type of Shaft-house of the Dillon seen where it lays just below the mainline of the M.T. climbing the hills towards the Portland mine area outside the view at right. Seen best on the DPL view at a 100% look, or try the 200% and go near right-hand corner, the only shaft-house in this area with lettering on the side of the structure.
* Again, the DPL is of help to locate the Ore-house of the Mary Cashen Mine, as it is poking up among the roofs of Victor structures, about halfway between the Strong and the Gold Coin mines.
* Also, on the DPL Image the Fortuna Mine is seen quite well in the 100% view, just where the word 'Skolas' is written about 2/5 up from bottom and about 1/3 in from right-hand side. Showing a small Head-Frame west of the Hoist & Power House, with what might have been the loo west of the head-frame or possible a shed for dynamite?
Media Info Last Updated:
08.05.2018 (19:33:16)
Title on Image:
Victor, Colo. View Across Hills Southeast of the Town, Passed the Great Central Mining & Milling Company's Maggie Mine
Photographer [Date]:
Schedin & Lehman
Description:
This overview of Victor as seen from somewhere in South-East has been credited to several photographs, Schedin & Lehman is written on an Image seen at DPL, where also Julia Skolas has her name, but as this view is from after the 1899 fire which took out much of Victor, but before the head-frame of the Gold Coin was covered sometime in 1900/1901 timeframe, I can't see how she can have actually have taken this photo, so I think she bought it and the rights to it – and possible others – from the Schedin & Lehman company after she arrived at the District.
graphic for visual presentation of textThe usefulness of this image is really on the DPL view, as most of the mines are deep into the image and some of them are really not much to actually see anything other than knowing they are in this view in order to help place them in a mental map of the District/area.
graphic for visual presentation of text* In the foreground left is the mine I've seen a close-up off from the other side, where it then was marked as "Great Central Mining & Milling Co.", and from other sources I have it linked as being named/known as the Maggie Mine.
graphic for visual presentation of text* About middle bottom/top along the right-hand side is the top part of the Shaft-house of the Strong Mine, with the Victor High-School in front of it.
graphic for visual presentation of text* About 2/5 down from top and about center left/right is the large smokestack of the Gold Coin mine, with the Head-frame at right of the smokestack – best seen on the DPL large image. This helps date the image except I don't know the date the head-frame was enclosed in the brick structure most common known as the Gold Coin mine.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Above the smokestack of the Gold Coin, high up on Squaw Mtn. is a dump area seen, there is a small Shaft-house there, again I refer to the DPL as best view, that is the Nellie V. mine.
graphic for visual presentation of text* About 1/4 in from right-hand side, and about 1/3 down from top, is the large Ajax Mine complex seen, with the big dump out over the hillside of Battle Mountain. Looking at the DPL view one can actually see they are extending the Ore-house towards right in this view.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Just right of the Ajax is the upper shaft of the Dead Pine, located along the Golden Circle, they did as the Portland Mine did, they have a tunnel over the tracks of the Golden Circle narrow gauge line, except here it is made of wood, not steel as on the Portland property. Can't say it is on the view, I know it is there, seen as a dark spot between Ajax and Dead Pine, but it is too far away to be of any use at all.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Further to the right, just left of the massive Portland dumps, where the hill curves, there lays the Granite Mine, seen with its Shaft-house and power house, smokestack and all, albeit at a to large distance to be of any good use for a model work, it helps in determining where in the area it was located.
graphic for visual presentation of text* The Dillon Mine has actually two shafts seen in this view, again it is the DPL view that is really of any use to such image research, a slight distance left of the shaft-house of the Strong mine on the right-hand side, there is a small Head-frame and small hoist house seen on the hillside with a dump – that is located on the Dillon claim. Further up the hill, more hidden away due to distance and such, is the more commonly associated boxy type of Shaft-house of the Dillon seen where it lays just below the mainline of the M.T. climbing the hills towards the Portland mine area outside the view at right. Seen best on the DPL view at a 100% look, or try the 200% and go near right-hand corner, the only shaft-house in this area with lettering on the side of the structure.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Again, the DPL is of help to locate the Ore-house of the Mary Cashen Mine, as it is poking up among the roofs of Victor structures, about halfway between the Strong and the Gold Coin mines.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Also, on the DPL Image the Fortuna Mine is seen quite well in the 100% view, just where the word 'Skolas' is written about 2/5 up from bottom and about 1/3 in from right-hand side. Showing a small Head-Frame west of the Hoist & Power House, with what might have been the loo west of the head-frame or possible a shed for dynamite?
Image Note:
My Collection; From page 17 in the 1904 Annual Edition of the Colorado State Journal.
Source, Printed Items (Found/Seen in/Known):
  • Page 17; Colorado State Journal; 1904 Annual Edition - Published in 1904.
  • Page 76; Program of Trans-Mississippi Commercial Congress - Cripple Creek, Colorado, July 16, 17, 18, 19, 1901 - Published in 1901.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
I-01131
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#174]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#174
Based on the ending price on this card I can see I was too crazy for it, as the other fellow was more keen then I had imagined and I should have respected that one, but I feel for the need to have feel as I do feel this image is helpful to me to understand better how the railroads changed over the years as this view do show how the old narrow gauge yard of the F. & C.C. has three lines of standard gauge tracks on them, filling in some blanks I have got after some other views from further west, looking more like southernly while this view is more westerly.
   Sadly, the left side of this view is more blurred then the rest, seen very easily on the higher resolution scans. I can see there are some railroad spurs there, and it looks like there is only a road surface on Diamond Avenue which dates this to be after the street track of the Trolley was ripped out, otherwise I should have been able to get a glimpse of tracks on left-hand edge about 1/3 up from bottom left.
   The Strong Mine is easily seen with its exposed Head frame and Ore-House in the foreground right, showing mine tracks crossing the Midland Terminal between the Head-Frame and the Ore-House.
   In the background, high up on Squaw Mountain is seen the dump of the Nellie V. Mine, about 1/8 down from top, while the huge dumps to the upper right belongs to the massive operations at the Ajax Mine.
Media Info Last Updated:
08.05.2018 (17:25:05)
Title on Image:
A View at the Strong Mine on the Southeastern Part of Victor
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
Based on the ending price on this card I can see I was too crazy for it, as the other fellow was more keen then I had imagined and I should have respected that one, but I feel for the need to have feel as I do feel this image is helpful to me to understand better how the railroads changed over the years as this view do show how the old narrow gauge yard of the F. & C.C. has three lines of standard gauge tracks on them, filling in some blanks I have got after some other views from further west, looking more like southernly while this view is more westerly.
graphic for visual presentation of text Sadly, the left side of this view is more blurred then the rest, seen very easily on the higher resolution scans. I can see there are some railroad spurs there, and it looks like there is only a road surface on Diamond Avenue which dates this to be after the street track of the Trolley was ripped out, otherwise I should have been able to get a glimpse of tracks on left-hand edge about 1/3 up from bottom left.
graphic for visual presentation of text The Strong Mine is easily seen with its exposed Head frame and Ore-House in the foreground right, showing mine tracks crossing the Midland Terminal between the Head-Frame and the Ore-House.
graphic for visual presentation of text In the background, high up on Squaw Mountain is seen the dump of the Nellie V. Mine, about 1/8 down from top, while the huge dumps to the upper right belongs to the massive operations at the Ajax Mine.
Image Note:
My Collection; Postcards.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
P-03597
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#293]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#293
This view of the large Independence Mine has been a popular one as I've seen it appearing on lots of postcards where there are tiny differences in where the sides been cropped, and that goes for both the B&W card and the ones like these, that has been colored/painted. Also shown up in printed materials and postcard folders.
   The scene shows some Midland Terminal tracks in lower left, passing by and serving the Ore-House with the dark shades up the side of the structure due to the steam train used back then. A map I've seen also indicates that Ore-house to have had 3-rails, as in dual gauge, as to be served by the Golden Circle Railroad also.
   Further into the image, in from right-hand side and about middle top/down there is another Ore-House and the before mention map (page 301 in the 40-Miles to Fortune book by Allen Lewis) also say that this was served by dual gauge track. That map also says that the structure between those before mention ore-houses is a Mill – the one with the twin peaked roofs meeting each other, before going into a third peaked roof 90-degree turned from those two.
   In the background, up against the sky, is the Portland Mine No. 1 seen in from the right-hand side, while about center sideways is the Ajax Mine visible against the sky.
Media Info Last Updated:
13.04.2018 (16:19:42)
Title on Image:
Independence Mine, Cripple Creek District, Colo. [#C. 2007]
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
This view of the large Independence Mine has been a popular one as I've seen it appearing on lots of postcards where there are tiny differences in where the sides been cropped, and that goes for both the B&W card and the ones like these, that has been colored/painted. Also shown up in printed materials and postcard folders.
graphic for visual presentation of text The scene shows some Midland Terminal tracks in lower left, passing by and serving the Ore-House with the dark shades up the side of the structure due to the steam train used back then. A map I've seen also indicates that Ore-house to have had 3-rails, as in dual gauge, as to be served by the Golden Circle Railroad also.
graphic for visual presentation of text Further into the image, in from right-hand side and about middle top/down there is another Ore-House and the before mention map (page 301 in the 40-Miles to Fortune book by Allen Lewis) also say that this was served by dual gauge track. That map also says that the structure between those before mention ore-houses is a Mill – the one with the twin peaked roofs meeting each other, before going into a third peaked roof 90-degree turned from those two.
graphic for visual presentation of text In the background, up against the sky, is the Portland Mine No. 1 seen in from the right-hand side, while about center sideways is the Ajax Mine visible against the sky.
Image Note:
My Collection; Postcards.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
P-03405
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#288]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#288
This view of Victor is looking north from Straub Mountain area. Photographed in 1911 by the Hileman as the view is credited to. Being this is from a printed card in a small more modern postcard folder it is not the greatest quality, but one gets an idea of the town and the many mines in and around it. In addition, in this view they are marked out, even if there is at least one error in that marking.
* In upper left quadrangle is the Portland No. 1 & No. 2 marked out, but the location of the No. 2 shaft of the Portland is NOT where this image gives it! Portland No. 2 shaft is in this view above the No. 1 shaft, seen a little left of the center of this view sideways. No. 2 Shaft of Portland is seen against the sky with No. 1 just below it, with the huge dumps where No.1 is written. The Granite, original shaft, is located where this card has written the No.2 text.
* Just behind and left of the huge smokestack of the Gold Coin shaft, marked in this view as Granite, is the main shaft of the Dead Pine. The dump is much easier seen then the mine itself.
Media Info Last Updated:
03.04.2018 (09:54:16)
Title on Image:
#11-11; Victor, Colorado - "The City of Mines" (Early 1900's)
Photographer [Date]:
Tomer Jacob Hileman [1911]
Description:
This view of Victor is looking north from Straub Mountain area. Photographed in 1911 by the Hileman as the view is credited to. Being this is from a printed card in a small more modern postcard folder it is not the greatest quality, but one gets an idea of the town and the many mines in and around it. In addition, in this view they are marked out, even if there is at least one error in that marking.
graphic for visual presentation of text* In upper left quadrangle is the Portland No. 1 & No. 2 marked out, but the location of the No. 2 shaft of the Portland is NOT where this image gives it! Portland No. 2 shaft is in this view above the No. 1 shaft, seen a little left of the center of this view sideways. No. 2 Shaft of Portland is seen against the sky with No. 1 just below it, with the huge dumps where No.1 is written. The Granite, original shaft, is located where this card has written the No.2 text.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Just behind and left of the huge smokestack of the Gold Coin shaft, marked in this view as Granite, is the main shaft of the Dead Pine. The dump is much easier seen then the mine itself.
Image Note:
My Collection; Postcards/Postcard Album.
Source, Printed Items (Found/Seen in/Known):
  • Postcard; Unknown Publisher; titled Victor, Colorado - "The City of Mines" (Early 1900's) - Published in ????.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
P-00307
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#162]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
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This view of Victor is looking north from Straub Mountain area. Photographed in 1909 by the H. & H. Studio in Cripple Creek, it was taken by either Hileman or Hill, impossible to tell for sure as the view is credited to them both. Being this is from a printed card in a small more modern postcard folder it is not the greatest quality, but one gets an idea of the town and the many mines in and around it.
* Gold Coin, here marked as Granite Mine on the south facing ore-house, is seen about middle top/down and about 1/5 in from left-hand side.
* Just behind the huge smokestack of the Gold Coin is the main shaft of the Dead Pine, named Oliver Shaft for some reason. The dump is much easier seen then the mine itself.
* Straight up from the Gold Coin smokestack, in the distance; against the sky; sticking up from the hill, is the shaft-house of the American Eagle.
* The Ajax Mine is about 1/4 down from top left, about 1/6 on from left-hand side.
* Further to the right of the Ajax would been upper shaft of the Dead Pine, the Granite (original shaft/mine) – seen about 1/3 in from left-hand side – and the Burns (main) shaft of the Portland mines, with the Portland No. 2 seen just off to the right for the center of the upper quarter in this view.
* Towards the right-hand side is seen the Strong Mine, about half top/down and 2/3 in from the left-hand side.
* The Independence Mine is just right of the Strong mine, seen with its huge dumps and structures.
* The Vindicator Mine, shaft 1, is seen above the Independence mine, about 1/3 down from top.
Media Info Last Updated:
03.04.2018 (09:40:47)
Title on Image:
#11-9; Victor, Colorado - "The City Of Mines"
Photographer [Date]:
H. & H. Studio [Hileman & Hill] [1909]
Description:
This view of Victor is looking north from Straub Mountain area. Photographed in 1909 by the H. & H. Studio in Cripple Creek, it was taken by either Hileman or Hill, impossible to tell for sure as the view is credited to them both. Being this is from a printed card in a small more modern postcard folder it is not the greatest quality, but one gets an idea of the town and the many mines in and around it.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Gold Coin, here marked as Granite Mine on the south facing ore-house, is seen about middle top/down and about 1/5 in from left-hand side.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Just behind the huge smokestack of the Gold Coin is the main shaft of the Dead Pine, named Oliver Shaft for some reason. The dump is much easier seen then the mine itself.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Straight up from the Gold Coin smokestack, in the distance; against the sky; sticking up from the hill, is the shaft-house of the American Eagle.
graphic for visual presentation of text* The Ajax Mine is about 1/4 down from top left, about 1/6 on from left-hand side.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Further to the right of the Ajax would been upper shaft of the Dead Pine, the Granite (original shaft/mine) – seen about 1/3 in from left-hand side – and the Burns (main) shaft of the Portland mines, with the Portland No. 2 seen just off to the right for the center of the upper quarter in this view.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Towards the right-hand side is seen the Strong Mine, about half top/down and 2/3 in from the left-hand side.
graphic for visual presentation of text* The Independence Mine is just right of the Strong mine, seen with its huge dumps and structures.
graphic for visual presentation of text* The Vindicator Mine, shaft 1, is seen above the Independence mine, about 1/3 down from top.
Image Note:
My Collection; Postcards/Postcard Album.
Source, Printed Items (Found/Seen in/Known):
  • Postcard; Unknown Publisher; titled Victor, Colorado - "The City Of Mines" - Published in ????.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
P-00305
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#160]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#160
This view of the Strong Mine is quite a good one to tell how it looked sometime in 1909 when T.J. Hileman took the photo which was the base for this postcard view presented here. Down left is the yard of the F. & C.C. railroad, while the mainline of the Victor branch of the M.T. is shown entering the scene along the right-hand side, where there is also a side-spur for delivering coal to the powerplant of the Strong Mine for their operations, seen here with a single M.T, boxcar (no. 211) parked on the trestle, while the mainline where passenger trains was running is this side of that trestle, dropping downgrade to reach the Depot not seen in this view due to be behind the Strong Mine Ore-house.
   Just behind the before mention ore-house is the Ore-house and headframe of the Mary Cashen Mine seen, with dumps around it and some of their cribbing's is seen behind the big truss bridge coming out of the Strong Mine Ore-House, extending across the F. & C.C. yard unto another smaller bridge and taking it to a rock-house outside this view which delivered dump ore to Short Line cars to be used as ballast, fill-mass and similar along the lines, from what I have understood it as.
   Up near right top corner the dumps and Shaft House of the Ajax Mine is seen poking up into the sky, and about center left-right and about 1/5 down from top, there is the dump of the Nellie V. Mine with a smaller two-post Head Frame and a hoist house and shed together as a long structure from what I can gather in a high dpi scan of this view. This do not match what Sanborn 1908 say the Nellie V. mine was to look like, as that say it is a shaft house type of structure.
   I wonder if I see the Columbine Tunnel or if it is another one which is seen a distance to the left of the extension of Diamond Avenue up to the M.T. tracks in the higher dpi scans. Seen about 1/5 in from the left-hand side and 2/5 down from the top, a dump is there in addition to a tunnel portal and some sheds to the left of the adit opening.
Media Info Last Updated:
30.03.2018 (12:10:52)
Title on Image:
Strong Mine
Photographer [Date]:
Tomer Jacob Hileman [1909]
Description:
This view of the Strong Mine is quite a good one to tell how it looked sometime in 1909 when T.J. Hileman took the photo which was the base for this postcard view presented here. Down left is the yard of the F. & C.C. railroad, while the mainline of the Victor branch of the M.T. is shown entering the scene along the right-hand side, where there is also a side-spur for delivering coal to the powerplant of the Strong Mine for their operations, seen here with a single M.T, boxcar (no. 211) parked on the trestle, while the mainline where passenger trains was running is this side of that trestle, dropping downgrade to reach the Depot not seen in this view due to be behind the Strong Mine Ore-house.
graphic for visual presentation of text Just behind the before mention ore-house is the Ore-house and headframe of the Mary Cashen Mine seen, with dumps around it and some of their cribbing's is seen behind the big truss bridge coming out of the Strong Mine Ore-House, extending across the F. & C.C. yard unto another smaller bridge and taking it to a rock-house outside this view which delivered dump ore to Short Line cars to be used as ballast, fill-mass and similar along the lines, from what I have understood it as.
graphic for visual presentation of text Up near right top corner the dumps and Shaft House of the Ajax Mine is seen poking up into the sky, and about center left-right and about 1/5 down from top, there is the dump of the Nellie V. Mine with a smaller two-post Head Frame and a hoist house and shed together as a long structure from what I can gather in a high dpi scan of this view. This do not match what Sanborn 1908 say the Nellie V. mine was to look like, as that say it is a shaft house type of structure.
graphic for visual presentation of text I wonder if I see the Columbine Tunnel or if it is another one which is seen a distance to the left of the extension of Diamond Avenue up to the M.T. tracks in the higher dpi scans. Seen about 1/5 in from the left-hand side and 2/5 down from the top, a dump is there in addition to a tunnel portal and some sheds to the left of the adit opening.
Image Note:
My Collection; Postcards [Crop Version 2].
Source, Printed Items (Found/Seen in/Known):
  • Postcard; Unknown Publisher; titled Strong Mine Photo By Hileman, C.C. 09 [crop version 2] - Published in ????.
  • Postcard; Unknown Publisher; titled Strong Mine Photo By Hileman, C.C. 09 [crop version 1] - Published in ????.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
P-03506
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#262]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#262
Actually, quite a nice view of the Ajax Mine area, I also have this an as photo from a Newspaper Archive, said to been photographed around January 1942. Not much to pick put in this view from the golden heydays when the massive mine structures dotted this area, and the railroads run in this area.
   I think about middle top/down on the left-hand side is the foundation for the Clancy/Ajax Mill, while the Ajax Headframe is easy enough to pick out just right of the center of the view.
Media Info Last Updated:
19.08.2017 (23:28:57)
Title on Image:
AJAX MINE, Cripple Creek District
Photographer [Date]:
Bill Cleveland [01.1942]
Description:
Actually, quite a nice view of the Ajax Mine area, I also have this an as photo from a Newspaper Archive, said to been photographed around January 1942. Not much to pick put in this view from the golden heydays when the massive mine structures dotted this area, and the railroads run in this area.
graphic for visual presentation of text I think about middle top/down on the left-hand side is the foundation for the Clancy/Ajax Mill, while the Ajax Headframe is easy enough to pick out just right of the center of the view.
Image Note:
My Collection; From page 1 (front) in the 1941 Annual Report of the Golden Cycle Corporation; scaled from a 600dpi scan.
Source, Printed Items (Found/Seen in/Known):
  • Page 1; The Golden Cycle Corporation: Annual Report to Stockholders - December 31, 1941 - Published in 1942.
  • Also have this as a Photo from the Newspaper Archive of the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Daily News - Published in ????.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
I-01610
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#243]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#243
This is an overview of some of the famous mines, making Victor, Colorado, ''The City of Mines''.
   Battle Mountain where some of the mines are nicely marked out. The strong Mine is seen just below middle top/down and just left of the Word ''AJAX'' on the left side of this view. The Independence is see sort of in the foreground with massive dump piles extending towards the photographer, while the Portland mines dumps fill the upper part of Battle Mountain on the top right part of the view.
   Town of Victor is partly seen in lower left, while the Ajax Mine is nicely marked out but still hiding behind some pretty massive big dumps on the upper left part of this view.
Media Info Last Updated:
19.08.2017 (22:57:44)
Title on Image:
TERMINUS of the Carlton Drainage Tunnel under Portland No. 2 Shaft. Other famous producers on Battle Mountain, Cripple Creek Mining District.
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
This is an overview of some of the famous mines, making Victor, Colorado, ''The City of Mines''.
graphic for visual presentation of text Battle Mountain where some of the mines are nicely marked out. The strong Mine is seen just below middle top/down and just left of the Word ''AJAX'' on the left side of this view. The Independence is see sort of in the foreground with massive dump piles extending towards the photographer, while the Portland mines dumps fill the upper part of Battle Mountain on the top right part of the view.
graphic for visual presentation of text Town of Victor is partly seen in lower left, while the Ajax Mine is nicely marked out but still hiding behind some pretty massive big dumps on the upper left part of this view.
Image Note:
My Collection; From page 21 in the 1941 Annual Report of the Golden Cycle Corporation; from a 300dpi scan.
Source, Printed Items (Found/Seen in/Known):
  • Page 21; The Golden Cycle Corporation: Annual Report to Stockholders - December 31, 1941 - Published in 1942.
  • Page 22; The Golden Cycle Corporation: Annual Report to Stockholders - December 31, 1939 - Published in 1939.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
I-01612
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#240]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#240
I like this view as it is shot down 7th Street where the Low Line used to enter the town of Victor, and hence a view I don't see that often, just sad the trolley is gone. It also shows much of the western part of Victor towards the right of the street, and in the background, the mines of Battle Mountain;
* The Ajax Mine operation is seen about 1/4 in from left-hand side and 1/4 down from the top.
* Further to the right of Ajax is seen Portland No. 2 against the sky, about middle sideways, with the top of the exposed head-frame of Portland No. 1 just below it to the right.
* Almost at the edge of the right-hand side, a little bit more than 1/3 from top is the exposed Head-Frame of the Stratton's Independence Mine, or just Independence Mine, and just below it, over the roof of the bit of Victor Hotel seen, is a head-frame I think of as the Strong mine.
* The Dead Pine Oliver Shaft is seen about 2/5 in from left-hand side and about 2/5 down from top, lots of dumps around it.
* Mohican/Mohegan Mine operation is seen about 1/5 in from left-hand side and about 1/3 down from top, there is some simple structures and a chute down to an ore-bin along the M.T. mainline going behind Victor houses in its route along the hillsides. Looks like there is some form of a rock breaker up there, possible they are working the dumps more than a hole in the ground, but location is about where the Mohican was, hence me locating it there.
* The Gold Coin ruins and Operation is seen with its smaller head frame, small wood ore-house, a little more than 2/5 from top and a little more than 1/4 in from right hand side. Just right of the head-frame is seen a tower-like structure, I think that was the end terminal for an aerial tram down from the Dillon shaft up near the M.T. mainline inside the massive dumps seen below the Portland mines and to the right of the Dead Pine mine.
Media Info Last Updated:
20.05.2017 (20:41:50)
Title on Image:
A View Along 7th Street in Victor against the South Slope of Battle Mountain. Ajax Mine Upper Left and Portland Mine Center Skyline
Photographer [Date]:
Harry L. Standley
Description:
I like this view as it is shot down 7th Street where the Low Line used to enter the town of Victor, and hence a view I don't see that often, just sad the trolley is gone. It also shows much of the western part of Victor towards the right of the street, and in the background, the mines of Battle Mountain;
graphic for visual presentation of text* The Ajax Mine operation is seen about 1/4 in from left-hand side and 1/4 down from the top.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Further to the right of Ajax is seen Portland No. 2 against the sky, about middle sideways, with the top of the exposed head-frame of Portland No. 1 just below it to the right.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Almost at the edge of the right-hand side, a little bit more than 1/3 from top is the exposed Head-Frame of the Stratton's Independence Mine, or just Independence Mine, and just below it, over the roof of the bit of Victor Hotel seen, is a head-frame I think of as the Strong mine.
graphic for visual presentation of text* The Dead Pine Oliver Shaft is seen about 2/5 in from left-hand side and about 2/5 down from top, lots of dumps around it.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Mohican/Mohegan Mine operation is seen about 1/5 in from left-hand side and about 1/3 down from top, there is some simple structures and a chute down to an ore-bin along the M.T. mainline going behind Victor houses in its route along the hillsides. Looks like there is some form of a rock breaker up there, possible they are working the dumps more than a hole in the ground, but location is about where the Mohican was, hence me locating it there.
graphic for visual presentation of text* The Gold Coin ruins and Operation is seen with its smaller head frame, small wood ore-house, a little more than 2/5 from top and a little more than 1/4 in from right hand side. Just right of the head-frame is seen a tower-like structure, I think that was the end terminal for an aerial tram down from the Dillon shaft up near the M.T. mainline inside the massive dumps seen below the Portland mines and to the right of the Dead Pine mine.
Image Note:
My Collection; Photographs.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
P-02384
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#176]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#176