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Scranton Shaft
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I do not know the source of the photographer's name, so it might be a wrong link I made at one time, but for time being I let him stay linked to this image so to speak! The view is a nice one of the Portland Mines, No.1 (Burns) Shaft in foreground and the No. 2 Shaft in the background more right. Between them is the old Shaft House of the Scranton, where the text 'No.2' is written. Behind that shaft-house and the cribbing there is a spur belonging to the Short Line terminating at the Ajax mine way outside the view at left.
Media Info Last Updated:
21.03.2019 (00:24:07)
Title on Image:
Portland Mine. Portland No. 2
Photographer [Date]:
Tomer Jacob Hileman
Description:
I do not know the source of the photographer's name, so it might be a wrong link I made at one time, but for time being I let him stay linked to this image so to speak! The view is a nice one of the Portland Mines, No.1 (Burns) Shaft in foreground and the No. 2 Shaft in the background more right. Between them is the old Shaft House of the Scranton, where the text 'No.2' is written. Behind that shaft-house and the cribbing there is a spur belonging to the Short Line terminating at the Ajax mine way outside the view at left.
Image Note:
My Collection; Postcards.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
P-03337
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#289]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#289
Not the best-looking card, damage in upper left corner where part of the number 3 making out the first number is missing, and the whole card is dark and not very sharp at all. But so far till now middle of July 2018 I've only seen this scene as a type of printed/lithograph type of view, and of the 8 I so far know about two are colored postcards, four are B/W postcards and two are postcard folder images.
   This is a rather close-up view of the Portland No. 1 Mine with the Portland No. 2 in the background on top of the hill, and it tells the story quite well on how big a mine can grow. There is quite a lot of dump materials here, held up by the massive crib walls seen, lot of structures, ore houses built in stages and enlarged and so on.
   The Short Line branch to Ajax Mine runs along the large cribbing seen in the background about 1/3 down from top, that crib-wall is supporting the large dumps around the Portland No. 2. Mine.
   To the right of the No. 1 Shaft and below the No. 2 Shaft, is the smaller Shaft House of the Scranton Shaft, somehow that must have been used for something as that structure is on so many views of this area and on would think that an old shaft house would just have been tore down if it was not used…
Media Info Last Updated:
17.07.2018 (08:41:39)
Title on Image:
#3045. Portland Mine, Cripple Creek District, Colo.
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
Not the best-looking card, damage in upper left corner where part of the number 3 making out the first number is missing, and the whole card is dark and not very sharp at all. But so far till now middle of July 2018 I've only seen this scene as a type of printed/lithograph type of view, and of the 8 I so far know about two are colored postcards, four are B/W postcards and two are postcard folder images.
graphic for visual presentation of text This is a rather close-up view of the Portland No. 1 Mine with the Portland No. 2 in the background on top of the hill, and it tells the story quite well on how big a mine can grow. There is quite a lot of dump materials here, held up by the massive crib walls seen, lot of structures, ore houses built in stages and enlarged and so on.
graphic for visual presentation of text The Short Line branch to Ajax Mine runs along the large cribbing seen in the background about 1/3 down from top, that crib-wall is supporting the large dumps around the Portland No. 2. Mine.
graphic for visual presentation of text To the right of the No. 1 Shaft and below the No. 2 Shaft, is the smaller Shaft House of the Scranton Shaft, somehow that must have been used for something as that structure is on so many views of this area and on would think that an old shaft house would just have been tore down if it was not used…
Image Note:
My Collection; Postcards.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
P-03843
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#335]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#335
Yet another photograph I suspect is a copy of another source, the sides are rather blurred out and there are lots of dust and shit on the photo itself from a badly cleaned original at time of the copy making.
   The scene is a view towards Battle Mountain, and the Independence Mill and Mine, here named as the Portland Mill indicating this view is from after the Portland Company bought the Independence Mill sometimes before September 1915 – I have not the year that buy happen as it still is in the pile of research materials to go through.
   What I like with this view is that the Independence Shaft House is still here, fully enclosed while the Portland Shafts houses have been opened up to expose the Head-Frame more, also, I find it cool to see the Short Line/High Line Trestle (Bridge No. C, later B) across the old F. & C.C. is still there despite the fact that the tailings pond/dam in the foreground indicates that possible the railroad grade of the old narrow-gauge might be gone by now as it is clearly much higher up then the old grade was.
   In the background the Portland Shafts can be seen with the No. 1 Shaft mostly hiding behind a dump, seen about middle top/down and about 2/5 in from left-hand side; while the old Scranton Shaft-house can be found about half the distance to the right towards the No. 2 Shaft who is looming at top of the hill against the sky about 1/4 in from right-hand side.
   The Scranton is seen with a whole lot of other structures located at about same level as the No. 1 Portland Shaft, and is easy picked out due to the shape of the Roof-line of the Shaft House, having a long slope on the right and a shorter on the left which changes angle further down the roof-slope.
Media Info Last Updated:
28.06.2018 (09:08:24)
Title on Image:
Portland Mine - Mill Victor Colo [Independence Mine, Mill]
Photographer [Date]:
William H. Lehr [aka Bill Lehr]
Description:
Yet another photograph I suspect is a copy of another source, the sides are rather blurred out and there are lots of dust and shit on the photo itself from a badly cleaned original at time of the copy making.
graphic for visual presentation of text The scene is a view towards Battle Mountain, and the Independence Mill and Mine, here named as the Portland Mill indicating this view is from after the Portland Company bought the Independence Mill sometimes before September 1915 – I have not the year that buy happen as it still is in the pile of research materials to go through.
graphic for visual presentation of text What I like with this view is that the Independence Shaft House is still here, fully enclosed while the Portland Shafts houses have been opened up to expose the Head-Frame more, also, I find it cool to see the Short Line/High Line Trestle (Bridge No. C, later B) across the old F. & C.C. is still there despite the fact that the tailings pond/dam in the foreground indicates that possible the railroad grade of the old narrow-gauge might be gone by now as it is clearly much higher up then the old grade was.
graphic for visual presentation of text In the background the Portland Shafts can be seen with the No. 1 Shaft mostly hiding behind a dump, seen about middle top/down and about 2/5 in from left-hand side; while the old Scranton Shaft-house can be found about half the distance to the right towards the No. 2 Shaft who is looming at top of the hill against the sky about 1/4 in from right-hand side.
graphic for visual presentation of text The Scranton is seen with a whole lot of other structures located at about same level as the No. 1 Portland Shaft, and is easy picked out due to the shape of the Roof-line of the Shaft House, having a long slope on the right and a shorter on the left which changes angle further down the roof-slope.
Image Note:
My Collection; Photographs.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
P-03686
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#321]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#321
This view of the great Portland Mine shows in the foreground the Number 1 shaft (aka Burns Shaft) where the shaft house seems to be gone, and the head frame is exposed for some reason. As there is still a shaft house over the Number 2 shaft in upper right background, I am not sure if this is from the time frame when shaft houses were banned due to their fire hazard, or some other reason.
   Either way, the operation here is massive by just judging the huge crib-wall along the center of the view, and the enormous piles of waste rock filling the area around the structures.
View shows in addition to the two shafts, just below right-hand side center the Portland Ware House and then the Office structure is the large building between shaft 1 and warehouse. The old Shaft House behind/uphill from the office is the old Scranton shaft or hoist as Sanborn 1896/1900 calls it.
Media Info Last Updated:
09.04.2018 (18:05:49)
Title on Image:
Portland Mine Cripple Creek District, Col.
Photographer [Date]:
Julia Skolas
Description:
This view of the great Portland Mine shows in the foreground the Number 1 shaft (aka Burns Shaft) where the shaft house seems to be gone, and the head frame is exposed for some reason. As there is still a shaft house over the Number 2 shaft in upper right background, I am not sure if this is from the time frame when shaft houses were banned due to their fire hazard, or some other reason.
graphic for visual presentation of text Either way, the operation here is massive by just judging the huge crib-wall along the center of the view, and the enormous piles of waste rock filling the area around the structures.
graphic for visual presentation of textView shows in addition to the two shafts, just below right-hand side center the Portland Ware House and then the Office structure is the large building between shaft 1 and warehouse. The old Shaft House behind/uphill from the office is the old Scranton shaft or hoist as Sanborn 1896/1900 calls it.
Image Note:
My Collection; Postcards.
Source, Printed Items (Found/Seen in/Known):
  • Postcards; Unknown Publisher(s) - Published in ????.
  • no. 6; Postcard Folder named "The Greatest Gold Camp on Earth. Souvenir Folding Card of Cripple Creek District."; undated - Published in ????.
  • Postcards; E.C. Kropp Company [C2038] - Published in ????.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
P-03074
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#77]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#77
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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