Tones a bit lightened; however, detail in buildings quite clear and concise. No photographer’s emblem imprinted on boudoir card; however W. J. Carpenter had a studio in Telluride at this time.
John Fallon discovered the Sheridan claim in 1875. It and other mineral locations near or on the Smuggler Vein inspired the organization of the Town of Columbia, which would soon be known as Telluride. The Sheridan Mine produced, copper, silver, gold, and lead.
Hand-written on back of mount: “James McCann. Ames, San Miguel County, Colorado. I had a mine one mile below Ames.” Exhibited on Page 60 of THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF JOSEPH COLLIER, Colorado: 1871 – 1910.
The above photographs are in the same format and have the same hand-writing on backs of mounts. So, it appears rather safe to assume that all four photographs in this group were taken by Joseph Collier.
The stacked wood outside the Ames smelter was used as fuel for the operation’s furnaces. Entire mountainsides of trees often disappeared to run such reduction works.
To round out this small group of excellent Ames and Ophir photographs is the typical miner’s. Basically a box with a pitched roof; yet, suffice to keep the snow and rain off the exhausted miner’s head.
Price for group of five Ames and Ophir photographs: SOLD
Placerville is located along the San Miguel River, north of Telluride, Colorado. Chas. Goodman, Photographer, Montrose, Colo. “Views in the Old Reservation of the Ute Indians and scenes along the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. Photograph is in excellent condition.
SAN MIGUEL COUNTY, COLORADO
Cabinet card: Sierra San Miguel, #3245, by William Henry Jackson. View exhibits Trout Lake and San Miguel Peak, Colorado.