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Rio Grande Sampling Company Works in Cripple Creek
This sadly bad view of the Rio Grande Sampler, former Cripple Creek Sampler, is the best one of the very few known views of this sampler which was located at south end of the town of Cripple Creek. Located just below the mainline of the Florence & Cripple Creek railroad, at the approach to its yard, which would be outside the view at left, behind the structure marked as Office.
This used to be the sampler of the Cripple Creek Sampling and Ore Company, but they built a new sampler further up Gold Hill, along the Midland Terminal, and later at Victor Pass on Bull Hill and this sampler here was sold to the Rio Grande Sampling Company.
The view appears in a 1898 publication, so it is too early for the showing of the Short Line loop which will later be on the hill in the background, but I have seen this structure on images with the loop so I know the structure lasted at least into the 1900's, but how long and how successful this sampler was, I do not know as when the few text pieces I find about a Rio Grande Sampler don't say the location it might as well be talking about the one down in Victor.
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; From page 77 in the 1898 Book 'Colorado State Mining Directory'. I did procure the colored version of this image.
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- The Colorado State Mining Directory 1898 (page 68) - Published in 1898.
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