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Pack animals loaded with supplies or possibly ore on Missouri Pass. The rider may be Pete Mann.
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Verso: "burro train on Missouri Pass 1939"
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The arrastra has been used since the Phoenicians to grind ores, most often gold or silver. The construction involves a circular pit paved with flat stones. Large flat-bottomed drag stones are connected to a center post by a long arm. Using horse, mule or human power, the arm drags the large stones over the ore, crushing it. This arrastra at the Gold Bug Mine was powered by a waterwheel, clearly evident in the photograph. It is a cheap but effective...
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Part of the MacDonald Knight prospecting team. Verso: " 'Jack' the male member of the pack string 1939"
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Scenic view near Holy Cross City, Colorado, approximately twelve miles from Red Cliff. Holy Cross City and Gold Park were the major mining camps in the Holy Cross Mining District. There were two mills in the area to service the mines.
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"Packstring with Pete Mann on Missouri Pass"
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"When placer gold was found in the banks of Homestake Creek, history repeated itself with a rush of people seeking quick wealth from precious metals. Although the Mount of the Holy Cross was some distance away from those points where gold had been discovered, it was still the best know, and the closest landmark of any consequence and, therefore, its name was adopted. The Holy Cross Mining District became a reality in 1880. Most Colorado mining...
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MacDonald Knight standing on abandoned lumber on Francy Pass. The lumber was intended for the Gold Bug Mine gold mill building. When the bottom dropped out of mining in the area, supplies and equipment were abandoned in place. Front: "lumber on Fancy Pass;" verso: "lumber was for Gold Bug gold mill building. Don in picture."
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When photographed in the mid-1980s, this mine shack was still standing on the east side of New York Mountain, above New York Lake and the timberline. The building was made of milled wood. In recent years, the structure has collapsed.
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Verso: "Upper Cross Creek stamp mill 1939"
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MacDonald Knight on left with Harold Stoner and pack burros. This was the first prospecting trip in 1939. Knight taught school during the year and had his summers free to prospect. Front: "1st trip in '39 Gold Park, Don, Stoner"
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Verso: "Pete Mann who ran the pack string 12 miles from the Glengary mine to Gold Park; 22 tons packed out summer 1939"
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The Glengarry Mine site at 11,414 ft., Holy Cross Mining District. Middle Mountain has an elevation of 12,336 feet. From the Eagle County Assessment Roll 1891-92 p.8: "Glengary #4354, 5.166 acres, value $60; Hidden Treasure #4353, 4.596 acres, value $50." From the Eagle County Assessment Roll 1922. Transit Gold Mining Co. [Red Cliff School District 1 Holy Cross Mines] owned Glengary, Hidden Treasure and the Transit mines. Glengary was valued at...
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Verso: "Burro and friends at Holy Cross City '30's"
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MacDonald Knight and friends, prospecting in Gold Park. Front" "H.C.City gold rush '41;" Verso: "shot in Gold Park"
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"Holy Cross City August 1949"
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Pete Mann using burros to pack ore out of the Glengarry Mine [standardized spelling from GNIS]. The Glengarry Mine (Holy Cross Mining District) is .76 mile from Holy Cross City and at an elevation of 11,414 ft. The mining season was short at this elevation. Verso: "Pete Mann with Burro string packing ore from Glengary mine, Summer 1940, Missouri Pass Summit"
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MacDonald Knight standing at the stamp mill house at Cross Creek in 1940. Verso: "stamp mill house Cross Creek 1940;" stamp: "Empire Zinc Div, the New Jersey Zinc Co., Gilman, Colorado"
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Gold Park and cabin with burros tethered under the trees. The burros were used to pack ore out of the Glengarry Mine. Verso: "Gold Park and burros 1939, packing ore from Glengary"
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Fancy Pass in the Holy Cross Mining District. The Mt. of the Holy Cross is marked with an x. Verso: "Fancy Pass, head of Cross Creek looking down toward Mt. of the Holy Cross" "Beyond the first hill, the Fancy Pass trail climbs up the hillside above Fancy Lake. On the top, the rocky cut is Fancy Pass, a nineteenth-century crossing that was named for Joseph Fancy, a prospector active in the Holy Cross country in the early 1880's. Originally,...