|Our first rest stop was at the Coal Bank Pass Summit |
which elevation is 10,640 feet (3,243 m.) We saw
motorcyclists on the highway. They definitely had
a lot of fun poseing for their pictures.
The highway after the Coal Bank Pass Summit was
gorgeous and fantastic. Here was the Molas Pass.
Its elevation is 10,970 ft (3,358 m) high.
The view (1-3) was about 270 degree of the Molas
Summit which is a breathtaking and must-see view.
It made me think of the scenic view on Highway
14 from Puli to Hohuan mountain in Taiwan were the
highest elevation is 3,725 m (10, 746 ft.)
|We almost arrived at Silverton and |
caught up with the train we saw in
Durango this morning.
|Visitor Center in Silverton|
Indians, the area was opened for settlement. The Town of Silverton was
platted in 1874, and by 1875 the population had doubled. The Stony Pass
wagon road became a toll road in 1879, and supplies came in over the
Continental Divide from Del Norte. The greatest boom to the area was the
construction of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad (now known as the
Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad) in 1882. By that time, there
were seven towns, including Animas Forks (now a well-visited ghost town in
the summer months) and Howardsville, which was the first county seat on the
Western Slope.........Silverton is now the only town left in San Juan County.
Its year-round population of 500 and is supported by the tourism industry rather than by mining." the Silverton Area of Chamber Commerce
"The Mayflower Mill was the single longest running mill in the history of the
|After we got out of our car, I spotted |
the stature of Mother Mary standing on
the hill. I pointed to my husband. I knew
it would be our next destination to explore.
|The view of main street|
|This was another first time experience for me which |
was an auction event. The auctioneer's voice sounded
like he was singing a sound without a break. Cool!
|We were walking to the river and the |
train was backing into the station area.
This was also my first time to see an
entire train backing up.
|The multicolored Animas River|
|My husband said why I didn't pose |
differently. Ok, let me try to jump.
This was my first jump and my
husband first experience of taking a
|The train left which meant it was 2 o'clock. My|
stomach was singing a hungry song. It was time for our
lunch. One local resident told me this was a good
|This homemade chili soup reminded me of my mother-|
in-law who made delicious chili soup when she was
alive. My husband ordered an elk burger.
|This historical hotel was built in 1882 when mining |
gold was flourishing. I was told it was also a good
place to visit for its original decorations.
|This was its lobby decoration. The hotel operator |
tried to maintain it as it was before. It was three
story high without an elevator. The front desk was
very friendly to talk to us about its history. My
husband also promoted Taiwan to her.
|This stop sign was in the middle of the intersection. |
Also only the main street was paved in the entire town.
Other streets were unpaved.
|My husband decided to visit two former abandoned |
gold mills. This was Mayflower Gold Mill.
San Juan Mountains. In its 61 year milling career from 1930 to 1991, it was
shut down only a total of 12 years, resulting in 49 years of actual milling.
The total amount of rock milled is estimated at 9,700,500 tons. The Mill
produced 1,940,100 ounces of gold; 30,000,000 ounces of silver; and
1,000,000 tons of combined base metals -- a remarkable record for hard rock
mining in the 'old' techniques seldom employed in today's modern mining
|My husband went to the store to ask some tour |
information because we didn't have time for the tour.
I insisted to stay outside to take photos.
|The tour operation service center|
|Some people had just finished their tour.|
|Old mining equipment|
|A beautiful view: I saw people riding|
ATVs in the valley. There were
some unpaved roads which required
four wheel vehicles for entering the
roads. I would love to try the roads
if we had a four wheel drive vehicle.
|We met and had a short conversation |
with two gentlemen who were fly fishing
in the stream. One gentleman showed
me the picture of a beautiful fish that
|They were very generous to share their|
finishing experiences with me. This was
the bait that they used for fly fishing.
|We drove back to Silverton and did a drive through|
tour of the town.
|An old broken bridge was telling |
the history of the mining industry.
|We were on Highway 550 back to Farmington, NM.|
|I had a tranquil moment alone next to the Little Molas|
Lake which was not far away from the Molas Summit.
|A natural hot spring on the road side. Ranter than hot, |
it was just like room temerature. But the form was
different which attracted people's attention.
|In our mind, we thought the railroad was below the |
highway. When we saw it was above us, we were
really surprised. We decided to trace the train.
|A potluck party was being held while we were there. |
A gentleman was very friendly to answer our questions
and let us to walk around and check the airplane.
|Our day ended with a beautiful sunset and nice|
Million Doctor Highway:
"The origin of the name Million Dollar Highway is disputed. There are several legends, though, including that it cost a million dollars a mile to build in the 1920s, and that its fill dirt contains a million dollars in gold ore."