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1926

Rare Plan of the Carissa Gold Mine, South Pass, Wyoming

Plan & Section of Carissa Mine South Pass Freemont Co. Wyoming

DESCRIPTION: Rare cyanotype (blueprint) gold mine plan and section of the Carissa Mine, South Pass City, Wyoming.

During the late 1860s, miners discovered gold near South Pass City and the Carissa mine quickly became the most productive of all mines in the Sweetwater Mining District. After nearly 100 years, the Carissa Mine finally ended operations permanently in 1954.

Dated with reference to a similar, more detailed map of 1926 made during a detailed assay of the entire mine. (Hausel, W. Dan .The Carissa Gold Mine, South Pass Wyoming-A Sleeper. ICMJ. Prospecting and Mining Journal. July, 1999)

Three drawings are included: Longitudinal Section; Plan of the Third Fourth and Fifth Levels; and Claims Comprised in the Carissa Group. Claims included the "Lucky Strike Placer", "Hermit Placer", "Chas. Dickens" and "Jeanette 183."

South Pass City today is operated as a Wyoming state historic site with 40 historic buildings, one of the best-preserved gold mining towns in the American West:
"The State of Wyoming bought the 200-acre Carissa Mine site and began a ten-year restoration and reconstruction project. The interior was restored to the post–World War II period, when the mine and mill were most productive and milled approximately sixty tons of ore per day in three round-the-clock shifts. The reinstalled equipment is now fully functional. The State of Wyoming runs the Carissa Mine as part of the South Pass City State Historic Site, with tours of the mill that include demonstrations of the mid-twentieth-century milling equipment in operation." Samantha Ford, “Carissa Mine” [Lander, Wyoming], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WY-01-013-0097.

CREATOR: Anonymous

PUBLICATION DATE: 1926

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: United States

BODY OF WATER: N/A

CONDITION: Very good.  Clean and strong on cyanotype paper. One horizontal fold and one vertical fold. Short margins.

COLORING: Blue

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SIZE: 13 " x 17 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 200

PRICE: $400

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