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From a distance, all the brick and stone work made this mine near Central City, Colorado look pretty impressive, but as I got closer, everything except the headframe started to look like it had been assembled at random.
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I deliberately waited for a rainy day to hike to this crumbling cabin that I found while looking at satellite images of the area around Ward, Colorado, because I thought it would be too easy on a nice day, but I didn't expect the weather and the flowers to be more interesting than the cabin.

With sound: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypVdCoy1BoQ
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Because this old homestead is visible from a well traveled road east of Keystone, Colorado, I passed it by for many years without bothering to take a closer look, thinking that it would probably be too abused by visitors to be worth the trouble, but when I finally decided to incorporate it into a hike, I was surprised to discover that it was almost untouched, possibly due to the dense ground cover.
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The wooden drum, steel cable, pistons, and all the plumbing that would have been necessary for this steam hoist to operate have long since vanished, but these remaining heavy, iron components will probably still be slowly rusting away high above Idaho Springs, Colorado even after the bricks have turned to powder.
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I found this cabin while looking at blurry satellite images of an area south of Frisco, Colorado, where I had recently gone for a hike, and even though it was just a tiny square surrounded by trees, I couldn't resist going there.
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I didn't notice when I took the photo, while on a hike west of Boulder, Colorado, but the image on this old tobacco can, that I thought had been ruined by rust, might just be dirty.
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The mine shaft next to this boiler, which is on a mountainside near Idaho Springs, Colorado, didn't seem big enough to need a steam engine for its hoist, and that made me wonder if there was a story behind it, like maybe the mine had failed to meet expectations, or the boiler had been relocated.
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A crude headframe and shelter over a now collapsed mine shaft near Breckenridge, Colorado, with the usual thunderstorms brewing in the distance.
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This seemingly random collection of wooden beams and boards was once the upper end of a two thousand foot long cable car system that was used to haul ore down a steep slope above Georgetown, Colorado.
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This mine, with its well preserved headframe and hoist house, was in an isolated area south of Black Hawk, Colorado when I took the picture, but there is now a highway next to it.
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