Silverton in San Juan County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Shaft "Can" Skip
This shaft can, held about two tons of ore and required an electric- or steam powered hoist to lift it out of the shaft.
Shaft cans or "sinking skips" came in different sizes and shapes depending on the size of the shaft and the type of hoisting equipment available on site - either an electric - or steam-powered hoist, or a hand-cranked (windlass) hoist.
Its primary purpose was to bring broken ore from the bottom of a shaft to the surface. This was done by hand mucking (shoveling) rock into the shaft can until it was full.
A signal was then given to the operator above to begin hoisting the shaft can to the surface. Once there, a chain was secured to a ring on the bottom of the can. The hoistman then lowered the can slightly which caused the shaft can to dump its ore to one side into an ore chute or an ore cart.
This process continued until all of the ore was removed. The miners then installed another set of timbers in the shaft and began to drill for the next round of explosives.
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior - Alpine Loop.
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Location. 37° 48.322′ N, 107° 40.192′ W. Marker is in Silverton, Colorado, in San Juan County. Marker is at the intersection of Greene Street and Mineral Street, on the right when traveling north on Greene Street. The marker is located in front of the Silverton Vistors Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 414 Greene Street, Silverton CO 81433, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Swivel End-Dump Car (here, next to this marker); Silverton's Railroads (within shouting distance of this marker); Silver By The Ton (within shouting distance of this marker); Silverton (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hard Rock Resiliency (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rails Into the San Juans (approx. 0.3 miles away); 1069 Greene (approx. 0.4 miles away); 1060 Reese (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silverton.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 18, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 80 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 18, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.