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old judge
10-11-2004, 12:56 PM
Readin' the "Gettin' There" area and found some discussion of the Belmont Mill site. Since gettin' there is not difficult, just want to say that Belmont Mill and Hamilton are interesting sites. My wife and I just returned from a 4000 mile junket through OK, TX, NM, CO, UT, NV and back. Found Hamilton overrun by diggers and scrapers..But Belmont Mill was in great shape, and occupied only by a couple of guys who seemed to know what they were doing. The attached photos are to be shared. Agree that going to the summit requires younger legs, atv, or 4wd. Those folks on "getting there" who tried it are probably 20 something and immortal. By the way, lots of wildlife in the area. 2wd is fine. The Old Judge and his Lovely Bride.

10-13-2004, 10:41 AM
Thanks for shareing the photos of the old mill appears to be still in good condition, There is so many old mining towns that I did not get around to visiting back in the 1950s and 60s and seventys but ghosttowns.com does sort of make up for it in a small way.

We sure wish we had a video camera back in those early days instead of brownies and 8mm film.

Some early photographers did take time to travel to these remote towns on horseback and later automobiles to capture just what the rest of us are doing now, what a treat for the future generations of ghost buffs like us.

Jonnie & Sheila

10-15-2004, 04:11 PM
The upper mine,adit to the left just out of the frame but it is collapsed.

Follow the right roof peak up and in the background is where I took the previous picture.

Blacksmith next to the adit.

Rails coming out of the adit.

old judge
10-16-2004, 05:24 AM
Caver, Your excellent photographs sure make me wish I'd had the wheels to go on up at Belmont last month. Your ability to make the viewer feel present is appreciated. Just out of curiousity, what's your favorite camera for your work. I used an old (late 60s) Canon FTql for a lot of years, but, as most, have recently gone full-time to a couple of digitals. Anyway, thanks again for showing us what we just missed. OJ

10-17-2004, 05:42 PM
Old Judge,

Thanks, glad you liked the pics.
My favorite camera is a manual Nikon FM with slide film.
But those shots were done with an old digital Canon D-340R.
The whole vacation gallery is at

Some pictures are still missing captions.
My Dad tagged along and he stayed at the mill while I
unloaded my dual-sport motorcycle and rode on up.
The road is a bit brushy and traverses a narrow ledge near the top.

old judge
10-19-2004, 06:04 AM
Caver, Your sharing of your vacation pictures is extraordinary. I've not yet had time to peruse all of your shots, but haven't found one yet that doesn't make me look forward to our next outting. Looks like Montana might move up on my list. Any ghosttowners out there who haven't checked out caver's work are missing a real and unusual treat. Looks like you and your
Dad have a super time together on your trips. I envy you. OJ

10-19-2004, 04:58 PM
Old Judge,

If you go to Montana, this book was real helpful to me.
Montana Mining Ghost Towns
by Barbera Fifer.


Overstock.com has it cheaper.

Nice recent color photos and history of the towns.