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10 Responses to Shafted

  1. Ryan Mount says:

    Stupid is, as stupid does.

    There’s risk, and then there’s unnecessary risk. Figuring out and attending to the right kind of risk is one of life’s key challenges. Anyone with teenagers can attest to this.

  2. Russ Steele says:

    Been there done that in my youth. Almost lost my brother when he teetered in the edge of a vertical shaft in the old Gracie Mine. The real danger is that some of the vertical shafts have been covered with fallen limbs and leaves. It is easy to just vanish down the shaft, and know one will find you. Do not go exploring Banner Mt on your own, take a friend who can bring a rescue team.

    • rlcrabb says:

      Most of the shafts here in the neighborhood I grew up in have been covered over by development. A few years ago, there was a major landslide that took out part of Allison Ranch Road. When I was a young’un, I discovered a shaft down there next to Wolf Creek. There was a stream running through it, but by straddling the iron tracks, we could walk inside without sinking into the mud. The mine went deep into the hillside, and there were multiple spur shafts heading up the hill. I believe that the years finally caught up to that old mine and caused the slide in ’06.

  3. TD Pittsford says:

    Bob, I sure hope Brice doesn’t read your BLOG. There’s one Mine Shaft he certainly doesn’t want folks to avoid!

  4. Brad Croul says:

    Booo! Occupy the Mine Shaft!

    I have wanted to get into the shafts under town since I moved here. Let’s go!

    BTW, I think someone already mentioned it, but you might consider moving the security question up, maybe even above the comment box, so it is more visible. The security question ends up below my display so I don’t see it unless I scroll down. No big deal though.

  5. Brad Croul says:

    Yeah, I kinda figgered.

  6. PeteK says:

    LOL! How true. Growing up just down the road from the Empire Mine, my brother and our friends frequently wandered the Empire property in search of ways to find trouble. Always an adventure.

  7. Ben Emery says:

    Living in a historic mining town in Colorado for over a decade I have heard many many stories of the mines and the adventures they held. I too wondered around mine shafts but as a young adult. Whispering Jim especially was the man to spin a yarn about the mines. I looked him up and found this article about him and Telluride in the Chicago Tribune.

    For the record I was not a yuppie apres skier but an outdoorsman that lived a low impact lifestyle in a tent and in the Uncompahgre National Forest year round for years. I rocked climbed, hiked, backpacked, fished, snowboard, washed dishes, served/ cooked served food, carpentry, bartender, managed business, and contributed to the community in multiple ways. One of the major factors of my family and I moving to Nevada County was to move near my parents, relatives, Northern California, and most of all because Telluride was turning into a mini Aspen and we were getting priced out of the area.

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