The Pacific Mine Boarding House on Treasure Mountain above Animas Forks is being restored this summer, with help from a State Historical Fund Grant. The $90,000 project will include excavation for better drainage, flooring and joist repairs, new shingles, door and window restoration and vertical siding repairs. Klinke & Lew are the contractors for the project and David Singer of Silverton Restoration is project manager. Singer says it’s not clear when the building was actually built, but apparently it was prior to 1910. And he says it is not typical of boarding houses, with finely crafted Victorian home details. “There’s something different about this building that sets it apart,” Singer says. He suspects it may have been the mine manager’s home. A helicopter is scheduled to fly in supplies to the remote site this Sunday, Aug. 1.
Mile-Hi Jeep Club
hits the trails
The Mile-Hi Jeep Club is revving up for its All For Fun rally in Silverton which runs from Saturday, July 31 to Friday, Aug. 6.
Some 350 Jeeps will be hitting the backcountry trails of the San Juans with a total of about 700 people, said Beverly Ryken, who with her husband Roger is in charge of registration for the event.
The All For Fun rally visits Silverton every four years and Beverly said it is always a big hit.
“We just love it. Everybody does. It’s not just the trails, but the country. It’s just beautiful,” she said. “The San Juan Mountains are majestic. It’s just a nice place to be. The people are friendly; at every turn we go they welcome us.”
The club will be holding a Jeep parade down Greene Street on Wednesday morning, Aug. 4 starting at 9 a.m.
During their stay in Silverton, the Jeep club members will be headquartered at Kendall Mountain Recreation Area.
From there they will be fanning out across the Alpine Loop and other destinations in the High Country.
Mud slides block
railroad for a day
Mud slides triggered by heavy rain Sunday evening blocked the Durango & SIlverton Narrow Gauge Railroad on Monday, preventing trains from arriving in Silverton.
Trains were running again on Tuesday.
Mining lecture Monday
Silverton mining historian Scott Fetchenhier will give a lecture on Mining in the San Juans at the San Juan County Courthouse on Monday. Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
The free event is sponsored by the Colorado Mountain Club.