“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.
RED MOUNTAIN MINING DISTRICT, COLORADO
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.
TOWN OF OURAY, BIRD’S-EYE-VIEW
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 – 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.
Albumen image, not mounted: #5805, Ouray, Col., by William Henry Jackson. Image dimensions: 6-1/4 inches by 3-7/8 inches. Circa 1885.
Chromolithograph: American-Nettie Mine, Ouray, Colo., by William Henry Jackson, #51043. Not mounted. Image dimensions: 7 inches by 3-7/8 inches.
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
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.”
And several years later ….
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.