This week in history April 22, 1922: Snow returns, as does mining activity
This week in history as reported by The Summit County Journal the week of April 22, 1922.
Heavy snowstorm early last week
Breckenridge and other parts of Summit County were not slighted last week when the weatherman was dishing out of his supply to the West in general. While Denver and other eastern Colorado points were blessed with about 18 inches of snow, it was estimated that Breckenridge didn’t receive more than 7 inches.
The weather turned very cold Tuesday after the storm. At present the streets are again bare, with the snow having almost disappeared with the fine weather of the past few days.
Good showing made by Warrior’s Mark
Development of the ore body on the Warrior’s Mark Mine has resulted in a fine showing of the ore body encountered on the upper levels of the mine. Work on the lower level has opened up the vein, and work is expected to be increased in the spring.
A car of coal was received and unloaded this week. A four-horse team broke the road to the mine with little difficulty. This is considered unusual for the time of the year, showing the snowfall the past winter has not been as heavy in years past.
Placer miners make early appearances
From present indications, placer mining is going to become one of the most important local industries this spring. Several new leases have been made, as well as preparations for an active and energetic placer mining.
Adolph Bader has taken a lease on the Benner Placer just below Breckenridge and will at once commence to rebuild the pipelines that led to the reservoir above the place. The old pipeline was removed and sold to a Denver junk dealer, but Mr. Bader intends using a smaller pipeline to carry the water from the reservoir.
Several other parties are contemplating work on the various placers in Gold Run. J.W. Hale, a well-known placer miner in this district, has already returned from his winter vacation and is making extensive preparations to hydraulic gravel in Australia Gulch, which is considered to be very rich. Every patch of ground that holds any promise of values at all, and upon which water can be had, is expected to show some signs of activity this spring.
Royal Tiger working on Mineral Hill
Two shifts of miners have been employed on a contract by the Royal Tiger Mines Co. to C. Bonnell for driving the Minnie tunnel on Mineral Hill. The present mill tunnel has been cleaned out and the contract calls for 200 feet of new work. Other work on adjoining properties is also planned by the Tiger Co., which has acquired control of much of the property adjoining the Wellington Mines Co.
Only a small force of men is employed on the main properties at Tiger, and very little work is being done due to the present metal conditions. The property has blocked out one of the largest bodies of low-grade ore in the district and has built a mill capable of handling 250 tons per day in the first unit to handle this ore.
Local news notes from all around Summit County
- County Treasurer George Robinson returned from Denver last Saturday.
- Attorney C.A. Kaiser was a homecoming passenger from the capital city last Saturday afternoon.
- William Oakley, formerly dredgemaster of the Tonopah No. 1 boat, left early in the week for Fairplay, where he has accepted a position with the new dredging company building a boat in that section.
- S.S. Fry was a westbound passenger on Wednesday of this week to Glenwood Springs in hope of helping his ill health that has come over him during the past few weeks.
- Forest Ranger Stanley Mahen visited the two schools that are open this week and gave a talk on the forests and their wildlife in connection with Arbor Day.
- The dance given at the Slate Creek schoolhouse by the ski club did not bring a large crowd, but a very good time was had by those present.
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