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    By any luck willya be coverin Hucklechuck?

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    Thanks for these great photos. That has to be the narrowest, deepest, spanned gorge in the world!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Chloridane Kid View Post
    By any luck willya be coverin Hucklechuck?
    From Wikipedia...At Huckle-Chuck the original homesteaders house and one of their barns are still used and functional.

    Looking on Google Earth, there seems to be nothing of that area at all unless it is overgrown by vegitation and what not.

    But I'm sure someone will check it out.

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    Good post there, Fairlane. The narrative with the pics really makes it.

    I especially liked the photo of the fog in the valley. Nice.

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    Continuing on with the remains at Fairfax...

    The mining at Fairfax was profitable enough that the company was able to afford a swimming pool that was attached to the school. Though the schoolhouse burned down in 1934, the pool and some support pillars still remain at the site.

    The pool, apparently used as a shelter by hunters:





    Support columns adjacent to the pool:



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    In its heyday, the mines at Fairfax supplied 60 coke ovens, which produced the fuel that was then shipped by railway to Tacoma where it was used as a part of the iron processing facilities located there.

    Today, a large number of the ovens are still present, in various states of overgrowth and decay.

    Views inside the ovens:





    Looking down the row of ovens, which is actually tow rows, set back-to-back:



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    Ore for the coke ovens at Fairfax was largely provided by the coal mines at Montezuma, which I will cover remains of later. In order to transport the ore, a 4,000 foot long flume was built to carry it, and at the end, it was deposited into bunkers from which it was transferred to the ovens.

    These various footings are what is left of those bunkers:







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    Though most of the town site is now just a field, as you look around today, you can still see a few signs of the vanished community.

    Such as unkempt fruit trees:


    Various scattered debris:


    A trail down the former main street of the town:


    And a formerly-buried pipe dangling from the roots of a fallen tree:
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    Prior to 1923, the sole access to Fairfax was provided by railroad, which crossed from the east side of the valley at Fairfax, where a turntable could turn the train around.

    After the rail line was abandoned, the bridge eventually washed out. All that remains are its footings:





    At the end of the grade in Fairfax, the centerpiece support of the turntable still stands:

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    It just keeps gettin' better and better Fairlane...thanks for posting!!!

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