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I came across this on the net.  Its a flume, built on the side of a cliff, literally.  Just goes to show you how tough the old timers were.  Pretty amazing.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanging_Flume

 

http://coloradopreservation.org/programs/endangered-places/endangered-places-archives/hanging-flume/

 

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_20393944/121-year-old-western-colorado-mining-flume-clings

 

 

"When the flume was originally built, an estimated 25 men worked three years to build the 10 miles of hanging flume on the cliff"

 

USA-HangFlume-view-close-04.jpg

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Guest flintgreasewood

Mining in general fascinates me, but what what really grabs me are the examples of "extreme mining".  Granted, a lot of mining done even 100 years ago seems extreme to most of us in our highly mechanized, digitized world, but even back then there were many instances where unbelievable measures that were undertaken to get to valuable minerals, metals and gems.  I distinctly remember Idaho Hick's posting of a group of mine buildings perched on a cliff in the San Juan Mountains in southern Colorado...step out the door to take a leak and they'd go looking for your pieces in the rocks far below the next day.  Anyway, I have the idea of compiling examples of extreme mining and possibly putting them in book form.  If any of you have examples you'd like to share with me, I'd welcome them.  The more documentation you have the better, but I'm willing to do research even if you just have a a bit of info to go on.

Thanks, Kurt

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Great idea Kurt.  I saw those pictures as well, Amazing.  I'd have to think hard about some of the things Ive seen.  I love looking at old pictures from the early 1900's and the things that were built at the time.  Some of the equipment and the process' used were quite creative.

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I live not too far from the flume. There is a video tape, which was produced by a historical society, on its construction in my town's library. All the iron supports were custom constructed on site. The traveling forge would be situated above the active construction location at the brink of the canyon's cliff, measurements taken and the specs passed up, and finished iron lowered back down. After the attempt at placer mining failed, the (resourceful) locals climbed up the cliff wall to the suspension to scavenge saw lumber.

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