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Illinois Gulch Mines

John McCutcheon
Any idea how long the mines in Illinois Gulch lasted or when they played out. The mines there seemed rather small when looking at photos but there were a number of spurs for these small mines. There is no mention of the end of their operations in Poor's DSP&P book or in the Mineral Belt series.

John McCutcheon
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Re: Illinois Gulch Mines

Jeff Young
While not large, I wouldn’t characterise the mines in the area as small either.

The Willard Tunnel connected several mines in the area, including at least the Puzzle, Ouray and Golddust properties.  The bulk of the production was in the 1890s to about 1900, but several attempts were made to revive them between 1910 and 1928, with some ore shipments starting in 1915.  (Sources differ on when the last ore was shipped; I’ve seen both 1916 and 1925 mentioned.)  Total production was around $900,000.

the Washington mine was older, with most production between 1883 and 1891, and sporadic production to 1897.  A 20-stamp mill was built on the site in 1885.  Total production was around $400,000.



Cheers,
Jeff.


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Any idea how long the mines in Illinois Gulch lasted or when they played out. The mines there seemed rather small when looking at photos but there were a number of spurs for these small mines. There is no mention of the end of their operations in Poor's DSP&P book or in the Mineral Belt series.

John McCutcheon


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Chris Walker
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Chris Walker
The Washington Mine is heavily discussed in the Summit County Historical Soc. publication Men, Mining & Machines by Sandra F. Pritchard.

http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/fullbrowser/collection/p15330coll22/id/15078/rv/singleitem/rec/18
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Re: Illinois Gulch Mines

John McCutcheon
Chris & Jeff

Thanks for the additional information, photos and letting me know when mining ceased in this area. For some one wanting to model the latter years this lets them know there was no activity however for some one who model's early 1900's there is a source for traffic.
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Re: Illinois Gulch Mines

Jim Courtney
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Some other photos in the area known as Puzzle, in Illinois Gulch:




A less cropped image of the view Chris posted, showing a DL&G or early C&S freight climbing Barney Floyd Hill. The town of Breckenridge in the valley below.






I've understood this mill to be named the Little Mountain Mill. Am I wrong??



http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15330coll22/id/15079/rec/145



The Mountain Pride Mill above Illinois Gulch.






Hydraulic Mining on Farncomb Hill, above Illinois Gulch.
Jim Courtney
Poulsbo, WA
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Jeff Young
Great pictures, Jim.  I hadn’t seen that one of the Mountain Pride mill before.

Cheers,
Jeff.
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Re: Illinois Gulch Mines

Jim Courtney
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The 1918 C&S Valuation Map shows this spur at the downgrade end of the hook-eye curve to be the station of Smith:


http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/fullbrowser/collection/p15330coll21/id/3411/rv/singleitem/rec/1



The map shows platforms and structures on either side of the spur. The photo shows a string of empty flat cars on the spur, with many piles of lumber next to the track. There appears to be a small mill beyond the spur at the tree line. The maps shows these structures to be on the Hannibal & St Joseph mining claim, as of 1918.
Jim Courtney
Poulsbo, WA