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The Idaho Springs Mining Gazette
Idaho Springs, Colorado
Saturday, February 4, 1893

Lamartine Items

LAMARTINE, Colo., Feb'y 2.- John Davis received a very painful injury in the Lamartine Mine last week, having had his foot badly crushed by a cave in from the roof of the level. A very enjoyable entertainment was given at the school house last Friday evening by the ladies of the community, to raise money for the purchase of an organ for the school. About thirteen dollars were raised. A level is being run west on the White Cloud Lode at a depth of eighty-five feet and a good streak of quartz has been encountered. Dana C. Irish was kicked by a horse last Saturday, and was badly hurt. G. G. Marshall spent a part of last week in Georgetown looking after his interests there. Ed Hicks, lessee on the Cecil, is working eleven men, all on ore and shipping regularly. The shaft on the Minnie Brown lode, operated by an eastern syndicate, is at a depth of ninety feet, fifty feet more will be sunk before any levels are run. This is a good property and when sufficient development is done, the owners can expect a good reward.

The Idaho Springs Mining Gazette
Idaho Springs, Colorado
Saturday, May 28, 1892

Freeland and Vicinity.

One of the best mining districts surrounding Idaho Springs is the Trail Run District. After leaving Clear creek you turn up Trail creek, and from the time you turn into the gulch till you arrive at the head you have on each side some of the best mining property in the county.

At the mouth of Trail creek is the Donaldson mine, which has a record of production extending back for 12 years.
Close by are the Kelly, Little Albert, Champion Dirt, Old Settler and a group of mines belonging to Dr. Miner of Milwaukee, and of which have produced in times gone by, and those of them that are being worked are producing to-day. Across the gulch a group of mines owned by Morgan, Lumley & Williams is being worked by a force of six men, who are getting good smelting ore and mill dirt. The smelting ore returns 5 ozs, gold per ton, while the mill dirt brings 7 ozs per cord. The owners have been working these claims for the past four years and have succeeded in taking out good wages, despite their conflict with water following up the gulch and keeping operations limited to the surface.

Just above this last named property you come to Freeland, a mining town of some 600 to 800 inhabitants. A few years ago the population was nearly double, but the shutting down of the Freeland mine with over 100 men employed and the Gum Tree, Lone Tree and Oneida, employing over 100 men has made the town seem very quiet to what it was a few years back.
Considerable prospecting has been going on lately in that section of county between Freeland and Banner district, resulting in the discovery of some very promising lodes.

Taylor Bros. & Batchelder have taken 10 tons of lead ore out of their Little Lena prospect in sinking 10 feet. They shipped to the sampling works here yesterday. They have from 8 to 14 in. of pay. Jenkins & Jones struck ore in their Magnet lode that runs 68 ounces silver at grass roots. Stevens & Co., on the Anchor lode have run a tunnel 200 ft., raised an air shaft 60 ft. to the surface and uncovered considerable good ore.

John Pomear & Co. are working a number of men on the Great Western and Oneida Lodes which they have leased. They have been taking out ore all winter, and intend to start up the Oneida mill the first of June and keep it working all summer.
Teddy Boudin of Dumont has raised a stock company and taken hold of the Falcon lode, where they all have every prospect of making a fortune.

Water has caused work on the Brazil to stop but as soon as the snow gets off Morgan & Kennedy expect to push developments on this property which has produced such good ore in the past.

William Nicholls is erecting a stamp mill near the Morgan & Lumley group, when a number of good properties in that vicinity will start work. Nearly all the mines in this district carry large bodies of mill dirt and the lack of stamp mills has been sadly felt. But the growing demand for gold properties will cause stamp mills to be built, when this district will come to the front with rapid strides.

The Idaho Springs Iris
Idaho Springs, Colorado
Friday, January 27, 1892


A Steady Production From an Old and Reliable District.

The estimated output of Clear Creek county for 1891 is $2,365,000. The number of claims located in 1891 were 473.
Mining in Clear Creek county has seldom been so generously prosperous as during 1891. There has been no boom nor any speculative sales of mines to companies, but the new mines that have been opened and the new producers added to the list shows a great and increasing investment in mining, and noticeably on the part of Denver capitalists who are successfully operating a number of our best producing mines.

And yet, mining in Clear Creek, as to the system pursued is radically different from that of any other county. By far the largest part of the product is produced by lessees under the large companies, while individual ownerships are largely on the increase. No new companies are opening up mines through wage workers-in fact, there are fewer men employed by day's pay than any of the older mining counties in the state. The lease-holders have been generally prosperous, with the result that the larger portion of the money is spent in home towns and local investments, so that general business throughout the county is in a satisfactory and healthy condition.

Commencing at the western end of the county, the Steven's and Seven-Thirty mines have made a large annual output. The Mendota mine has doubled its product. The Baltimore mines (idle last year) have opened up large bodies of highgrade ores. The Terrible mine is employing a greatly increased force of men, while the Dunderberg, Bush, Cashier, Norman and Backbone are again producing after some years of idleness. The Pelican-Dives has been under development for two years past and is again exposing ore bodies of great richness and value, and equal in extent to those that made it famous in 1870. The Pay Rock mine is, as always in the past a steady and regular producer. The Colorado Central, though somewhat bothered by litigation, from ground not in controversy has made a larger output than for some years past. The Centennial, Burrall, Gold Coin, McClellan and other Leavenworth mountain mines have also increased their annual output. The Silver Glance, Nyanza, Sunburst, Hayes and others on Democrat mountain have been added to the list of steady producers.

Montana district, about six miles east of Georgetown, has shown the healthiest grotwh, the Jo Reynolds, American Sisters and Bellevue Hudson Company alone having shipped over 250 carloads of ore in the past year, while that one district alone may be safely credited with an output of $500,000.

The greatest activity at Idaho Springs has been in the region of Seaton mountain, and the number of new mines opened up has materially increased the gross production, while the regular producing mines on Chicago Creek and Fall river have increased their development, producing and productive capacity.

The most gratifying feature is, as to the permanency of the industry in this county. The oldest mines range as the heaviest producers, and continued development is rewarded by uncovering ore bodies of constantly increasing size and sustained value.

The Lamartine mine is conducting its enormous operations very quietly but it is one of the most wonderful bonanza mines in the state. Its plant and equipment is second to none, and its average shipments is second to none, and its average shipments of 200 tons per month make no perceptible decrease in its reserves.

There is an enormous area of country that has never been prospected, even in the most cursory manner. One mile on either side of Clear Creek canon will cover all the ground that has been fairly prospected. There are immense tracts in Atlantic, Daily, Cascade, Jackson, Ohio, Gold Dirt, Argentine, East Argentine and Queens districts that are truly virgin ground and which is likely to remain so until there is a large increase in mining population of the county. There are no idle miners in the county. There is no mining litigation of any extent. There is a likelihood of getting a $1.75 rate on ores over the Colorado Central road. There is a constant increase in the number of individual investors. There is no decrease in the richness of the ores, but a constant addition to their value by economical handling and methods of treatment. All in all Clear Creek is ready to welcome 1892, confident of a greatly increased output even if no extraordinary bonanzas are opened, and also of a rapid growth of the local towns and a great increase in business and property values. - Denver Republican

Idaho Springs Mining Gazette
Idaho Springs, Colorado
Saturday, April 8, 1893

What the Miner Wants.

"False set" of teeth for the "mouth of the tunnel," and a girl of experience to paint and powder the "face of the drift."

Four-in-hand tie for the "collar of the shaft," and a boot for the "foot of the incline."

He needs a jockey who can ride a "porphyry horse" and use the "spur of the ledge" on a "bucking donkey (pump) and "drive a cross-cut."

An "expert" burglar to "tap the ledge;" a detective to "follow the vein," and a watchman to guard the "silverplate."

A hat that will fit a "head of water," and a man that can wear the "cap of a tunnel set."

A soldier who has been 'drilled' to handle a "gun" and to "shoot" and work a"battery;" also a painter who can distinguish a "color."

A "square set" of men to work for him,some feed for the "giraffe," a bird for the "cage," a hunter to hunt the "gopher"and a "grizzly" and a sprinter to "run a drift" against time.

A tidy man who will put an "apron" on and "clean up" the mill, sweep up the "dust" and "wash dirt."

He also would like to have the government furnish him with "stamps" free of charge.

The "roof of the drift" shingled with twenty-dollar pieces.

And when he "dies " he wants to go the the "upper level" and play on silver "horn" and have his "slapjacks" baked in a "gold pan." - Mining and Scientific Press.

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