OURAY COUNTY, COLORADO (San Juan Mountains) PHOTOGRAPHS

VIRGINIUS, COLORADO

 

 

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Boudoir card photo: Arrival of Mail at Virginius, 1890.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Arrival of Mail, Virginius, Ouray Co., Colo.  July 10, 1890.  Highest Established P. O. in U.S., Altitude 12,500.”

Boudoir card.  Mount condition: near fine.  Photograph: nice tones and contrasts, resulting in very good detail; a bit lightened.

Photographer: E. Adams, Silverton, Colo.

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RED MOUNTAIN MINING DISTRICT, COLORADO

 

 

Sacked ore of Yankee Girl Mine Red Mountain 1883 c

Stereo view: #1450. Sacked Ore at the Yankee Girl Mine, Red Mountain Mining District, Ouray County, Colorado, circa 1883.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price: $450.00

 

THE YANKEE GIRL MINING COMPANY was incorporated in early 1883; with James McKay as president and L. J. Atwood as vice-president and George Crawford as manager.  Although the mining property was located on the west slope of Red Mountain, the Company’s office was located in Silverton, San Juan County, Colorado.  The Company owned the Yankee Girl and Orphan Boy claims, each 300 feet by 1500 feet.  The claims were discovered in August 1882 and ore bodies were first opened by a tunnel.  These mineralized bodies contained copper and galena and reduced to 50 ounces of silver per ton.

Stereo view condition: very good plus with strong tones and contrasts.

 

Sacked Ore Yank Girl Mine Red Mountain 1883 b

Emblem on back of this stereo view: “Mellen’s Colorado Views.” C. H. Clark has also stamped his publisher and trade agent emblem on the back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOWN OF OURAY, BIRD’S-EYE-VIEW

 

Ouray Colo Lutes 1520 b

Overview perspective of the Town of Ouray, by H. E. Lutes, 1903 – 1904. Mounted on Lutes emblem-embossed card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price: $650.00

Original mount dimensions: 12 inches by 10 inches.

Photograph dimensions: 10 inches by 8 inches.  Original hand-tinted image, looking southeast.  Photograph is in near fine condition; mount is in very good condition.  Large chip out of upper right-hand corner of mount; small chip on lower left-hand corner.

 

 

Ouray to Silverton Toll Road WHJ b

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price: $395.00

 

 

Ouray – Silverton Toll Road, #55125 William Henry Jackson chromolithograph.  Image of Otto Mears toll road.  Image dimensions: 8-3/4 inches by 6-1/2 inches.

 

 

 

Ouray Col WHJ 5805 b

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price: $225.00

 

 

 

 

Albumen image, not mounted: #5805, Ouray, Col., by William Henry Jackson.  Image dimensions: 6-1/4 inches by 3-7/8 inches.  Circa 1885.

 

 

American Nettie Mine Ouray WHJ 51043 b

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price: $195.00

 

 

 

 

 

Chromolithograph: American-Nettie Mine, Ouray, Colo., by William Henry Jackson, #51043.  Not mounted.  Image dimensions: 7 inches by 3-7/8 inches.

 

 

Virginius Mine Colo b

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Boudoir card: Virginius Mine, Colo.  October 1890.  Rose, Jeweler, Ouray, Colo., retail distributor.  Situated in Virginius Basin, 8 miles southwest of Ouray, Mt. Sneffles District.  Located in 1876.  200 to 300 ounces of silver per ton, after being sorted.

 

 

MT. SNEFFLES MINING DISTRICT

 

 

Porter Hotel Sneffles Colo 1880 b

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Town of Mt. Sneffles arose from the growing prosperity of the Virginius and other mines in Virginius Basin.  Weather in the Virginius Basin was so severe that a camp lower down the mountain was required simply for year-round habitability.  Above boudoir-card-sized image photographed by George R. Porter, Mount Sneffles, Colorado, “Winter Scenes in San Juan a Specialty.”

 

 

 

G R Porter Mt Sheffles emblem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And several years later ….

 

 

Porter's Hotel WHJ 3269 b

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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William Henry Jackson dropped by at Porter’s Hotel to take a photograph (#3269).  George Porter, between excursions for his own glass-plate phjotography, had his Mt. Sneffles buildings remodeled.  New siding.  New roofs.  New guests … circa 1885.

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