1999 Mining History Association Field Trip

 

Red Mountain Mining District and Silverton, Colorado

June 6, 1999

Host: Duane Smith

 

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(Above) Tour Leader, Duane Smith, explains the lay of the land at the site of the town of Chattanooga.  It was the southern base for the railroad from Silverton to make its climb over Red Mountain Pass. 

 

 

(Right) The modern highway on the slope of the hill follows the approximate route of the railroad on its way to the mining camp of Red Mountain near the summit.  The first part of the climb was a long “horseshoe” to gain elevation.

 

 

Looking down on the historic mining town of Silverton.

The Silverton Miner’s Shrine can be seen in the grove of trees part way up the hill behind the church.

 

The hotel and dozens of restored buildings line Main Street in Silverton.  They now cater to the summer visitors.

 

The MHAers listen as Duane Smith spins a tall tale about the now repurposed bordello in Silverton’s red light district.

A prospector’s burro caps the facade of this historic sandstone building on Main Street.

On the Durango-Silverton Railroad steam train, tourists have replaced the miners of yesterday   (2009 photo).


Photo Credits: Mike Kaas


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