Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Texan and Geology

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011.

Today we began the first of our series of community interviews, right here at home at the Texan. The Texan Resort has been around since 1946 when the first round-log cabins were built, up here in the "Alps of Texas," where even tourism is historic, with the first Texans coming up here in the 1920s.

I'm hoping to get my hands on The Tourist Guide to the Mines, published in 1877.

In the afternoon, we visited the mine in a series of thunderstorms with geologist Rob Blair and put Hinsdale County's mining history, which began around 1870, into a larger historical perspective. For example: 25 to 28 million years ago, the volcanic calderra of Lake City was created.
Core samples of granite-like rock from the Ute Ulay's shaft and adits.

The remains of the end of the flume that powered the mill with three waterwheels. Though static, it reminds me of artist Theo Jansen's kinetic sculptures.

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