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Tomboy Mine

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1880–1927. 5 miles northeast of Telluride on Imogene Pass Rd.

Several hundred people lived here, in the 11,500-foot glacial cirque known as Savage Basin, during the Tomboy Mine's peak years, between the 1890s and World War I. A 200-ton stamp mill crushed ore delivered by an aerial tram that climbed 3,100 feet into the surrounding hills to reach ore bodies. A large boarding house, a store, 100 residences, a YMCA, and even a tennis court occupied the site where only concrete and brick ruins linger today. For a firsthand account of life at the Tomboy, see Harriet Fish Backus, Tomboy Bride (1969).

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Thomas J. Noel
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Thomas J. Noel, "Tomboy Mine", [Ridgway, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/CO-01-SM26.

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 591-591.

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