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The Elkhorn Mine Detailed In Rare Vintage Photos

Elkhorn, Montana is one of the West’s most photographed ghost towns, and was the site of a major silver mine during the last couple decades of the 1800’s. Like the town, the mine was named Elkhorn, and the Elkhorn mine and mill sat right at the edge of town. The United States Geological Survey Twenty  Continue Reading

Desperate Dreams

I recently had the opportunity to view the DVD “Desperate Dreams” by Rick Tegeler. The DVD is the result of numerous trips to Nevada with the purpose of documenting the mines and ghost towns of the mining frontier. The following quote from the Desperate Dreams site summarizes some of Rick’s experiences during his explorations: “As  Continue Reading

Hise Restaurant Bodie, California – Now and Then

A user contributed two 1930’s photos of a family business in Bodie, California. The following description was included with the photos. “I have attached two photos of my greatgrandparents, Ray and Rose Hise, outside their restaurant which I believe is now known as Sam Leon Bar and Barbershop. I’m not sure who the other well  Continue Reading

From Redstone to Ludlow

Ludlow Massacre

Author: F. Darell Munsell Publishers description: The most comprehensive study of John Cleveland Osgood to date, From Redstone to Ludlow covers events from 1892, when Osgood and his associates organized the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company, to 1917, when Osgood signed a contract with the United Mine Workers of America, marking the end of his  Continue Reading

Ores to Metals – The Rocky Mountain Smelting Industry

Globe Smelter Denver Colorado

Author: James E. Fell Jr. Publishers Description: This comprehensive treatment of the smelting industry of Colorado, originally published in 1979 and now back in print with a new preface by the author, details the people, technologies, and business decisions that have shaped the smelting industry in the Rockies. Although mining holds more of the glamour  Continue Reading

History of the Antler Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado

A user sent me a 1950’s photo of the Antler Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I did some research and found out some of the history of this landmark building. From Wikipedia: Colorado Springs was founded in August 1871 by General William Palmer, with the intention of creating a high quality resort community, and was  Continue Reading