Independence Mine

by Marsha November. 13, 2019 161 views

Independence Mine is a historic gold mining site in the Cripple Creek District near Victor, Colorado. It produced approximately 200,000 ounces (6200 kg) of gold during a six year period during the 1890s. This area was very active during the gold rush days of Colorado and still is, but mining, of course, is much higher tech now. For interest, imagination, and photography, however, the old decaying mines offer the best opportunities...in my opinion.

Main structure called the headframe

Main structure called the headframe

Old rusty mining equipment is everywhere.

Old rusty mining equipment is everywhere.

Powder magazine

Powder magazine

Old storage building

Old storage building

View of headframe from opposite side.

View of headframe from opposite side.

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Buster Bruce 2 months, 1 week ago

Marsha- you always inspire! I love old mines and have photographed them in the past. Beautiful images here.

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Marsha Replied to Buster Bruce 2 months, 1 week ago

Thanks for your kind comment, Buster. Love where I live - so much history!

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Paul Roy 2 months, 1 week ago

I love old sites like this. It amazes me the work that went into building these structures, many of them without the use of power tools. And the fact many are still standing is a testament to the workmanship involved.

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Marsha Replied to Paul Roy 2 months, 1 week ago

It really is amazing the feats they accomplished back then. In this case and many others in the area, 120 years later still standing strong.

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Antonio Gil 2 months, 1 week ago

Testimony of past times. Love the pictures Marsha

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Marsha Replied to Antonio Gil 2 months, 1 week ago

Thank you, Antonio!

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Scribe 2 months, 1 week ago

Who can deny?
The rush for gold
raises hues and cries
that never grows old.

Old mines still gratify
glittering stories untold
of all that men still vie,
still truly behold yellow heart

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Marsha Replied to Scribe 2 months, 1 week ago

Love the poem...you’ve caught the essence! Thank you 😊

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