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Train passing through upper hanging rocks, Clear Creek canyon.

 

 

 

 

Photographer W.H. Jackson in Upper Williams Canyon.

 

 

 

 

Clear Creek and Fall River stage road from Idaho Springs to Georgetown.

 

 

 

 

Strange rock formation Garden of the Gods 1876

 

 

 

Early Colorado 1876 trout fishing Manitou.

 

 

 

Alex Martin photographer view of Gray's Peak

 

 

 

Mine owner and miners in a mine standing by cribbing at Red Cliff Colorado.

 

 

 

 

Women resident of early Central City 1876

 

 

 

 

W.H. Jackson  Colorado series

W.H. Jackson  Colorado series. Jackson's landscapes often contained figures to illustrate the scale and majesty of the West.

 

 

 

 

 

Miner's above Empire Colorado July 18 1901.  photographer R.L. Dabe

Miner's above Empire Colorado July 18 1901.  photographer R.L. Dabe

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fisherman seated, and hunter on the right at camp at Twin Lakes near Leadville. Photographed by J. Collier.

Fisherman seated, and hunter on the right at camp at Twin Lakes near Leadville. Photographed by J. Collier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

No. 2207 Bridal Veil above Georgetown, Clifford Griffin on the left.

No. 2207 Bridal Veil above Georgetown, Clifford Griffin on the left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

B. A. Lindquist , Photographer Central City Colorado.  Identified as Bill Thomas killed in a mine accident in the sleepy Hollow Mine.

B. A. Lindquist , Photographer Central City Colorado. 

Identified as Bill Thomas killed in a mine accident in the sleepy Hollow Mine.

 

William, Thomas, d. 29 Aug 1895, Aged 34 years, "At rest"' Their bodies are buried in the dust, but their names shall live evermore. He is one of the twelve miners, who died in the sleepy hollow mine.',

Three bodies were unidentified.

DROWNED IN A MINE
Fifteen Men Lost Their Lives.

    Central City, Colo., Aug. 31, 1895 -Thirteen miners in the Sleepy Hollow mine were working yesterday afternoon in the drifts, when suddenly a torrent of water came streaming down the shaft, and, sweeping debris before it, choked up the entries and passageways, entombing the workmen. The Italians working above were  caught  in the mighty rush of the flood, and they, too, were sacrificed. The report of the disaster was brought to Central City by a courier, and men rushed to the rescue. The pumps that drain portions of this great burrow may beat down the flood and uncover a portion of the property, but this will be of no avail to the workmen who were caught there. The damage to the adjacent mining property will be large. There are over 1,000 men employed on leases in the vicinity as well as upon portions of the Bobtail property, and the returns have been a great factor in swelling the total gold output in Gilpin county. This disaster will stop work for a time, and may result in the abandonment of much of the paying territory. Not in years has so much work been done in that district. Extensive machinery has been set up and the outlook was bright for further development.
    The sounding of the whistle gave the first signal of disaster, and soon the shaft building of the Sleepy Hollow mine was so crowded with the families and relatives of the imprisoned miners and those anxious to render assistance that it was almost impossible for the work of rescue to proceed.
    Deputy Sheriff W.T. Williams finally arrived on the ground, the building was cleared, and practical mines offered their services in lowering the bucket. The greatest depth attained was 330 feet, the accumulated gas  forced up by the rising water being such that a candle would not burn at a greater depth. A second effort  was made, a larger sized safety lamp having been placed in the bucket. The rescuer who first descended in the bucket was forced to stop at the 330 foot level. On reaching the surface he was in an almost insensible condition. Other volunteers went down afterward, but were not successful in reaching a lower point in the shaft owing to the rising water.  The Perry Bulletin, Perry Iowa

 

 

 

 

 

The Pathfinder -  Fremont 

The Pathfinder - John C. Fremont

between 1855 and 1865

Photographer Mathew Brady

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver Mining in Colorado. No. 131 Gurnsey's Rocky Mountain Views. The Greyhound Lode (Galena) Cheyenne Mountain.

Silver Mining in Colorado. No. 131 Gurnsey's Rocky Mountain Views. The Greyhound Lode (Galena) Cheyenne Mountain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tenting on the Old Camp Ground Colorado.

Tenting on the Old Camp Ground Colorado.

 

 

 

 

 

1513 Looking across Toltec Gorge, W.H. Jackson photographer

1513 Looking across Toltec Gorge, W.H. Jackson photographer

 

 

 

Criterion Mine Alma Colorado, T.C. Miller photographer

Criterion Mine ore chute near Alma Colorado, T.C. Miller photographer

 

 

 

 

 

Ouray's residence 20 miles from Ouray.

Ouray's residence 20 miles from Ouray.

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding Couple Georgetown, Colorado. Photographed by L McLean.

Wedding Couple Georgetown, Colorado. Photographed by L McLean.

 

 

 

Residents of early Central City O.L. Peers, photographer studio was located across from the Teller House.

Residents of early Central City photographed by O.L. Peers, the studio was located across from the Teller House.  Peers worked with Alexander Martin for a while and created several images of trains in Clear Creek Canyon.

 

 

 

Tin type Photograph of early Central City resident.

Tin type Photograph of early Central City resident.

 

 

 

Early Central City resident.

Early Central City resident.

 

 

 

Resident of Central City Colorado. Photographer Chas Weitfle

Resident of Central City Colorado. Photographer Chas Weitfle

 

 

 

 

Resident of Georgetown Colorado

Resident of Georgetown Colorado

 

 

 

 

Mine retort     Chas Weitfle

Charles Weitfle,   Gold Retorts, 1,370 oz.; value $22,500   ca. 1878

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head of the Platte River  T.C. Miller Alma Colorado.

Head of the Platte River  T.C. Miller Alma Colorado.

Consider the difficulty in capturing the image above given the equipment of the time period and the mode of transportation and the remote location, in contrast with today's digital photography.

 

 

 

 

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