2016 Mining History Association

 

Tours of the Historic Telluride Region:

Tomboy Road and Lunch in the Park

June 12, 2016

 

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With a few extra minutes before the lunch break, one group took a short detour a mile or so up the famous Tomboy Road (still closed in the high country due to snow). A different view of downtown Telluride, several ski runs, and the gondola route can be seen from the road.

The Tomboy Road on the left side of the valley is named for the famous Tomboy Mine, its original destination in the Savage Basin.  It now extends to Imogene Pass and connects with the road from the Camp Bird Mine on the Ouray side of the pass.


MYSTERY PICTURE. The Tomboy Road started out as a mule trail but was soon widened for ore and supply wagons. In many places it required blasting rock from the cliff face. This picture shows the fracture pattern from one of the old black powder blast holes.

From the Tomboy Road it is possible to get a better view of more reclaimed tailings disposal areas which extend from the Idarado Mill to the eastern outskirts of Telluride.

The lunch destination was the town park in the grove of trees at the right center of the photograph.  It is the site of several summer festivals.

Andi Davison (waving) made sure everyone had a hearty lunch.  Joy Swerdfeger (left) is checking out the chocolate chip cookies.

Rachel and Eric Nystron (left), “Dragon Lady,” and Pat Kaas share a chat after lunch.

 


Jay Fell (left) and Pete Maciulaitis (right) are comparing notes on what we have seen so far.


Photos courtesy of Mike Kaas

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