Silverton in San Juan County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Swivel End-Dump Car
This swivel end-dump car has a 1-1/2 ton capacity of ore. It could be handled by a single person and dumped by hand.
These small, swivel end-dump cars were most commonly called "one-ton cars," yet they came in a number of sizes ranging from one-to two-ton capacity. The box portion sat on a turntable that allowed it to swing to either side while the wheels remained stationary on the track. The dump hinge was positioned relative to the cart's center of gravity allowing a loaded car to be easily dumped by one person when the locking device was released.
The swivel end-dump car was replaced by the large capacity mining cars that are used today. These cars can carry from three to twelve tons of ore and are mechanically dumped to one side.
1. An early "end-dump" car was used by miners in 1880 at the Susquehanna Tunnel on Hazelton Mountain north of Silverton.
- Photo courtesy of San Juan County Historical Society
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior - Alpine Loop.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1880.
Location. 37° 48.322′ N, 107° 40.194′ 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. Shaft "Can" Skip (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 105 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 18, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.