Miners Pose For These Incredible Colorized Photos

These historic photos have been enhanced by the world’s most advanced artificial intelligence based photo optimization software. High-resolution versions of these images are available to download to all WMH premium members.

These high resolution digital images can be used at services like Shutterfly to create prints or other promotional materials. The original photo is included in each package for comparison.

Placer miners at Auburn Ravine – California ca. 1852

Placer miners, including four Chinese, pose at a sluice at Auburn Ravine, near the town of Auburn in Northern California. This ca. 1852 photo is one of the earliest and most notable images of gold rush miners in California.

The AI colorized version of the photo is 4,223 x 3,027 pixels, the original version is 4,435 x 3,342 pixels, both in JPEG format.

Classic Gold Prospector Scene

Classic gold prospecting scene

This notable image of a prospector gold panning in a river is one of the most famous photos from the gold rush era. This photo has often been misidentified, but a reputable archive states that the photo was taken on the Colorado River near Lee’s Ferry in Arizona Territory. Dates assigned to the photo also vary, but this scene is likely from 1900 or earlier.

The AI colorized version of the photo is 2,125 x 2,533 pixels, the original version is 2,302 x 3,000 pixels, both in JPEG format.

Miners Pose at Unidentified Nevada Mine Late 1800s

Miners Pose at Unidentified Nevada Mine Late 1800s

This amazing scene from the late 1800s depicts a group of miners at the entrance of an unidentified Nevada mine. The image includes an ore cart full of ore, a mule carrying supplies, and even a dog supervising the progress at the mine.

The AI colorized version of the photo is 5,000 x 3,709 pixels, the original version is 5,000 x 3,977 pixels, both in JPEG format.

Miners taking a lunch break at the Chance Mine 1909

Miners taking a lunch break at the Chance Mine 1909

Miners at lunch break in the Chance mine. The Chance is a silver mine located in Shoshone County, Idaho, in a region known as the “Silver Valley”. The Silver Valley is the top silver producing region in the United States, and second in the world.

The AI colorized version of the photo is 3,617 x 2,605 pixels, the original version is 3,817 x 2,699 pixels, both in JPEG format.

Miners riding ore cars Into the mine – Wallace, Idaho 1909

Miners riding ore cars Into the mine - Wallace, Idaho 1909

This incredible photo titled “Going to Work” depicts miners riding ore cars into a Wallace, Idaho area silver mine. Wallace is in a region known as the “Silver Valley”. The Silver Valley is the top silver producing region in the United States, and second in the world.

The AI colorized version of the photo is 2,475 x 3,111 pixels, the original version is 2,475 x 3,427 pixels, both in JPEG format.

Timbering and miners in the Bagdad Mine 1910

Timbering and miners in the Bagdad Mine 1910

This incredible photo depicts miners and square-set timbering in the Bagdad mine near Ludlow in Southern California. The Bagdad mine (also known as the Bagdad-Chase) was discovered in 1903 and produced primarily gold and copper.

The AI colorized version of the photo is 2,844 x 2,117 pixels, the original version is 3,000 x 2,352 pixels, both in JPEG format.

Savage Mine – Virginia City, Nevada ca. 1868

Savage Mine - Virginia City, Nevada ca. 1868

This incredible view depicts miners preparing to descend the Curtis shaft of the Savage mine – Virginia City, Nevada ca. 1868. The Comstock silver mines of Virginia City were some of the richest ever mined.

The AI colorized version of the photo is 4,680 x 3,304 pixels, the original version is 4,913 x 3,614 pixels, both in JPEG format.

1852 Image of 23 miners at a California placer operation

This daguerreotype photograph captures an early placer mining scene in California, with 23 miners pausing their work to pose for the photo.

1852 California placer mining scene

Both the AI colorized and the original versions of the photo are 4,488 x 3,056 pixels, in JPEG format.