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Travelling with John & Joanne Munro, we were still on the Million Dollar Highway, on the Red Mountain Pass, when we stopped at the ’ghost’ of Yankee Girl Mine.

The Red Mountain Mining District has many worked-out silver and gold mines on the flanks of the three peaks of Red Mountain. The Yankee Girl claim was staked in 1882 by four hunters who stumbled onto the site by accident. After staking their claim they sold it for $125,000 each. However the silver ore was of such high quality - up to $10,000 a ton - that it wasn't milled but sent directly to the smelter. In 16 years of operation, the mine produced an estimated $12 million in ore. As silver prices waned gold was discovered. The head frame of the Yankee Girl Mine is still there and the present owners have agreed to conserve it.

The colour of the Red Mountains comes from the iron oxide content of the rock and after rain the colour is particularly noticeable. It had rained all morning so I think we were there at the right time.

This is a wide view from the overlook. I changed lenses and zoomed right in; the close view is in the WS.

ISO200 FL38mm,

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