View of lower Alta Basin
|Photo No.8. View of lower Alta Basin taken from X (No.2 Alta level) near center left of Photo No.7. Lower left is Gold King Lake. Dark spot just below Lake is old Gold King mill. Light line from xx on margin to x in center is county road from Telluride and Ophir to Alta No.2 Level. Light spot in center of timber is Tailings Pond No.1.
|Date scanned: 2001-09-12.
|Mounted on construction paper in bound manuscript; text on manuscript.
|Related photographs: NMHFM-644, NMHFM-646, NMHFM-647.
|Held in the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum.
|Donor: Dick Bowman.
|Claims were staked in the Alta basin by the mid 1870s and silver ore was being shipped by 1878. The Alta Mine, one of the area's largest producers, was being developed by 1881. Although most of the area mines operated intermittently, a few of the larger mines were steady producers. The Gold King Mine was the first mine operated by an electrical plant using AC current. By the late 1940s the district was inactive.
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|Gold mines and mining
|Silver mines and mining
|View of lower Alta Basin
|Colorado Digitization Project
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