Combination Shaft early 1880s
In this photograph from the early 1880s the four aligned chimneys behind the main engine room visible in the last photograph are visible, as are the outbuildings. In this photograph there are two additional, even higher, chimneys behind the building. The function of the high chimneys is unknown; they may have provided exhaust outlets for the steam power for the Cornish engine. If that interpretation is correct, this photograph was most likely taken sometime after the shaft was 2,200 ft. deep and had started to flood making it necessary to bring the pumps on-line rather than removing water along with the waste rock in the skeets.
This image was obtained from the Special Collections Department, University of Nevada, Reno Library.