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"Old Crystal Mill"

Standing proud and tall high above Marble, Colorado, the Old Crystal Mill silently watches over the ghost town of Crystal. Once a thriving mining town, Crystal is now only a few scenic buildings that give us a glimpse into a century passed.

The Old Crystal Mill was built in 1893 on the Lost Horse Millsite. Originally called, Sheep Mountain Power House, it really wasn't a mill at all; rather, it was a power generating station that worked the mechanical air compressor for drills used in the nearby Sheep Mountain and Bear Mountain silver mines. Closed in 1917, this beautiful and elegant sentry is now a registered historical landmark.

This Colorado icon is extremely remote, only accessible by high clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, horseback, mountain bike...or most of the day on foot. This photograph was a rewarding prize for the effort, elegantly capturing the stunning colors and inspiring light of fall.

 

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Visitor Comments

 
Jan Maguire - (July 12th, 2010 (5:13pm) PDT)
Whoeee. I'd be interested to know what gear you shot this with. And did you really shoot this just towards the end of the day?
 
Lisa - (September 22nd, 2010 (4:00pm) PDT)
Your photographs are breathtaking!
 
Jeremy - (October 7th, 2010 (11:38pm) PDT)
This looks great but it's clearly a composite photo -- maybe from 3 different exposures?
 
Nathan - (January 6th, 2011 (8:16am) PST)
please contact me about this "photo" I have a picture that my grandfather painted 50 years ago that is the same as your "photo" I have paintings in my collection you may want to take pictures of
 
Sharmila - (March 4th, 2011 (3:21pm) PST)
Amazing shot....There is no word to describe the beauty..
 
Dale H. Leach - (August 23rd, 2011 (9:42am) PDT)
You nailed it – vantage point, composition, time of year & day, lens – you name it. I’m headed up there, again, on my 4th attempt try and capture this gorgeous old structure at the end of September.  I’m spending 2 days and an evening and I’ll be coming up the rough side over Schofield Pass and down through Crystal Canyon & the Devil’s Punch.  I’d love to hear from you.  Again: my compliments on a superb photograph! DHLPhotographix.com
 
Oscar Ciurana - (July 31st, 2012 (7:56am) PDT)
An excellent photo seems taken from a fairy tale. I began to introduce me to photography and I decided to follow you on Twitter and Facebook because I think your photos are simply incredible. Regards, Oscar ____________ Una fotografia excel•lent, sembla extreta d'un conte de fades. Començo a introduir-me a la fotografia i he decidit seguir-te al Twitter i al Facebook ja que crec que les teves fotos son senzillament Increibles. Salutacions, Oscar
 


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