Jessup
When your ghost town has its own exit sign, you know you're not going to be the first one there.
Look for these basalt columns on your way to the site. Basalt columns make up Devil's Tower in Wyoming, in case you're interested.
Another view of the basalt columns
This is the only wooden structure still upright in Jessup.
The bleak landscape is punctuated by these shallow diggings. Looking east.
A comparison between one of the pictures from Paher's book (from the Mrs. R. R. Purdy Collection) and Jessup in 2004.
A miner's cabin about 3 miles from Jessup
A nearby dugout. There were several of these in the area, leading me to believe there was either a shortage of wood, or perhaps they were root cellars of some kind.
Another view of the "root cellar."
This concrete-lined pit above the cabin has a purpose which escapes us.
A small sampling of the debris at Jessup.
Did the person who enjoyed the can of sardines this key came from ever think that one day, his trash would be photographed, digitized, and made available for viewing all over the globe? I think not.
This mining operation is about a mile to the north east of the Jessup site.Lots of trash though. Someone, long ago, had taken the time to spruce up his digs with some green paint. It looks like there is enough lumber here for two cabins, so I assume something fell down.
The revolving regurgitator and gear-driven agitating sluice funnel - oh all right, I have no idea what the hell it is.
Not exactly the tidest site in the world, but plenty to look at.
Finally. I find a bottle on my own. Woo hoo! This tiny cobalt blue bottle says "Vicks" on one side and "Drops" on the other. Vicks says it's a sample bottle for Vicks Nose and Throat Drops made between the late 1930's and the 1960's.
 
One of the horizontal shafts in the area. Courtest RickM.
A view of the tailings- courtesy RickM.
 

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