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    Photograph of Portland Gold Mine, Cripple Creek, Colorado, ca. 1890s. Newcomers Jimmy Burns & Jimmy Doyle pored over crude claim maps, measured distances between claim stakes, and picked at every square inch of Battle Mountain. And then they found it. In the midst of the crazy patchwork quilt of mining claims was a tiny, unmarked triangle nestled between three other claims. It was only 1/10th of an acre, but after a quick trip to the courthouse, it was theirs. In honor of their old hometown, the boys named their claim the Portland. They were thrilled. It took until January of 1896 for the bulk of the legal battles to wind down. The tiny Portland had grown from one claim on 1/10th of an acre to more than 30 claims on 135 acres. Instead of being the smallest, weakest mine in Cripple Creek; it was now the biggest and strongest.

    This photograph of the 3 o'clock shift on the Portland was taken by H. Brennan of Cripple Creek, Colorado. It depicts many gold miners sitting in front with candles, sticks, and lunch pails in hand, many men have numerous candles in their pockets for their long day underground. Measures approximately 7.75" x 6".

    Good-very good, has stain upper right near corner.

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