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ABE LINCOLN GOLD MINING CO.—Gibbons Shaft House
This is sadly not so good quality, print-based edition of this view from around 1896, but it is useable to show how this Shaft House was looking in a base form. Do not understand the large side opening where the men are posing, especially as they seem to have a front door opening half the height and more, but there was a reason, I am sure of that! I also know that this view is on Lincoln Hill, in the northern end of the District, northwest of Gillett. I know this is of the Gibbons Shaft House, meaning it is located on the T.F. Gibbons lode, part of a group of two claims that back in 1896 belonged to a company named Abe Lincoln Gold Mining Co. Easy to confuse this with the one in Poverty Gulch… As this other claim is named Abe Lincoln No. 1 lode.
The scene itself shows four men posing in the before mention high opening at the side of the Shaft House, there is a hint of the gallows/head-frame inside that opening, there is a dump around the structure and there are lot of thin trees making me think of birch trees that we have in Norway where I am located. It is a somewhat large structure, there is a cupola on the top and what appears to be two smokestacks. This is a rare view, glad I have it, as it is the only one that I ever seen!
I did procure the colored version of this image, if that is what you see. Source was dark grayish, or in common speech black & white. Used an online service and tweaked and worked with image to get what looks best to my eyes at the moment.
Image Note:My Collection; From page 150 in a book I think is named Wonderful Cripple Creek District. I did procure the colored version of this image.
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- Page 150; Wonderful Cripple Creek District (1896; J.F. Manning) - Published in 1896.
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