Photo post

08 Nov

Most of these photos are from around the ruins of the Diamond Mine, above Silver Plume, Colorado. (It was a gold mine, not a diamond mine.)  Click on any photo for a larger size.

Tracks leading to the edge

Westinghouse AC Magnetic Controller used for controlling the speed of the air compressor.

More photos below the cut…

Speed control on left, protection relay on right

Massive air compressor

Entrance to old mine tunnel

Inside of tunnel. The foreground part of the tunnel is flooded, but it looks like it rises up and dries out further in. The granite roof looks very stable.


I believe this was used as the drive pully for a cable ore transport system.

Ore carts strewn up the gulch

View from the cliff above the Silverplume Mining Museum. Before it was a museum, I think it was a school house.

Fox hanging out at gas station in Georgetown, Colorado.


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  1. Rob

    November 9, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I’m still glad you didn’t get yourself killed climbing into the mine tunnel. Fucker. ;p

    • randyg

      November 9, 2010 at 5:39 pm

      Now if this looked like the entrance to the Ice Palace, then you’d have a point. 😛

  2. daoine o'

    November 10, 2010 at 8:56 am

    the tunnel…how it beckons me! i can hear it calling…’come in, come in…i won’t hurt yoooooou…there are unicorns and candy and rainbows in here…step insiiiiiiiide…’ stop! stop! wicked voices!

    • randyg

      November 10, 2010 at 8:02 pm

      I don’t know about unicorns and candy, but I’d settle for a pot ‘O gold! LOL!

  3. Liz

    November 11, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Like the photographs.:)

    I have always had a fascination with tunnels and caves though minus the water!

    • randyg

      November 13, 2010 at 10:01 am

      Thanks, Liz! 🙂 I’m really fascinated with what people were trying to do over 100 years ago, and how they did it.