Todays post is brought to you by PBF's suggestion to go out and find the old Bookclif Mine and reminants of the town of Carpenter, Colorado. This was a great excursion for the both of us between the geology of the area (for me) and the engineering of the old buildings (for PBF).
We parked where PBF's truck, Black Betty, could no longer trek. Here is the view looking into the hills. You can faintly see the line where the trail runs up to the mine on the left.
|Looking up toward the mine, which is hidden behind a hill.|
|This probably spans 20 feet or so.|
|Close up of a drainage/tunnel entrance? |
Pretty awesome engineering in the building of an arch!
Just up from the retaining wall was this block of flaggy to fissile siltstone weathering away.
|PBF surveying the rock from above.|
|Rusted out metal door to something.|
|Wall of a domicile with wooden beams in place. |
The far corner has some sort of pipe coming out of the wall.
|That smallish grey smudge is coal. I promise.|
|Taadaa! The entrance!|
|A closer look into the deep! Ok well kind of.|
|Identification possible through your support and the support |
of GEOL 444, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy.
|As well as an old shoe in the shadows.|
The Bookcliff Mine was served by the Little Book Cliff Railway which was in operation for 36 years before shutting down.
So there is the Bookcliff Mine adventure! Well a brief incantation of it anyway. I have a backlog of photos from Arizona and Moab to go through so until next time! Rock on!