Aerial Ore Tram

Aerial Ore Tram

Gallery: Silverton and Animas Forks area – September 6, 2009

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Ore from the Mayflower Mine in Arrasta Gulch was carried nearly two miles on an aerial tram to Mayflower Mill while miners often rode the buckets up to work. Since the heavily loaded buckets ran downhill, gravity did all the work and little power was needed to pull the empty buckets back up to the mine.  Except for a few years in the 1950s, the mill ran continuously for over 60 years.

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