Best Historical Photos: Colorized Mining Scenes

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.

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Historic mining scene – Pony, Montana ca. 1900

Historic mining scene - Pony, Montana ca. 1900

This incredible photo is a view of Pony, Montana around 1900. The image features pack animals and freight wagons with the town of Pony and an enormous stamp mill in the background.

The AI enhanced version of the photo is 2,966 x 2,053 pixels, the original version is 3,000 x 2,291 pixels, both in JPEG format.

Crowd at the Railroad Depot – Tonopah, Nevada 1907

Crowd at the Railroad Depot - Tonopah, Nevada 1907

This incredible photo depicts the Tonopah, Nevada rail station in 1907. A crowd has gathered to watch a band play. The incredibly rich Tonopah silver mines can be seen behind the station.

The AI enhanced version of the photo is 5,069 x 3,442 pixels, the original version is 5,934 x 4,494 pixels, both in JPEG format.

1904 Tonopah, Nevada Lightning Storm

1904 Tonopah, Nevada Lightning Storm

This photo depicts a lightning storm at Tonopah, Nevada in 1904. Tonopah was a young silver boom town in 1904, but would go on to be Nevada’s richest mining district of the early 1900s.

The AI enhanced version of the photo is 4,668 x 3,348 pixels, the original version is 5,000 x 3,813 pixels, both in JPEG format.

Eureka, Colorado ca. 1900

Eureka, Colorado ca. 1900

This view of Eureka, Colorado (near Silverton) was taken by famous frontier photographer William Henry Jackson. Eureka was already in decline when this photo was taken around 1900, and today it is a ghost town.

The AI enhanced version of the photo is 4,608 x 3,373 pixels, the original version is 5,025 x 3,997 pixels, both in JPEG format.

Virginia City, Nevada ca. 1878

Virginia City, Nevada ca. 1878

This incredible photo is a view of Virginia City, Nevada around 1878. The image depicts Virginia City at it’s peak, just as it has entered the “big bonanza” years of the late 1870s and 1880s. The vast riches coming out of the Comstock silver mines during this period made it one of the most important cities in the West.

The AI enhanced version of the photo is 4,000 x 3,026 pixels, the original version is 5,595 x 4,319 pixels, both in JPEG format.

Victor, Colorado ca. 1900

Victor, Colorado ca. 1900

Victor, Colorado is seen here ca. 1900 with the Gold Coin mine in the center of the photo. Known as the “City of Mines”, victor was the second most important city in the Cripple Creek mining district and where most of the district’s miners called home.

The AI enhanced version of the photo is 4,596 x 3,260 pixels, the original version is 4,630 x 3,595 pixels, both in JPEG format.

Auburn, California Steam Tractor ca. 1910

Auburn, California Steam Tractor ca. 1910

Dating back to 1849, Auburn, California is one of the West’s oldest gold rush towns. This photo depicts a steam shovel pulling wagons through Auburn’s historic downtown – likely in the first decade of the 1900s.

The AI enhanced version of the photo is 4,500 x 2,953 pixels, the original version is 5,000 x 3,249 pixels, both in JPEG format.