Now turn to your right and look the other way, and this is what you see - the tailings from the mining days.
These piles are so big they look like mountains, and it would be prohibitively expensive to move them. They belong to
the Forest Service now, and Holden Village cooperates with them to manage the environmental impact of all this waste.
From way up here, the village looks pretty small, but there it is.
Below, you're looking at a frisbie golf course,
built on the top of the tailings one level down.
The Portal Museum
(For those of you who don't know it, Karl Breice was the curator here when he was a 20-something. It was
a little while ago, but I assure you, the mine had already closed...)
The inside of the museum. They've got pictures and all kinds of stuff from when the mine was open.
Including a skirt from one of the cheerleaders for the baseball team! And report cards for one of the kids in the school.
And pictures of Holden Village from the time it started as a retreat center. And the original letters that passed back
and forth, when the Lutherans were trying to make up their minds about whether they wanted the property.
They don't do anything quickly, those Lutherans...
Do not drink the cyanide-laced water!!!
1 Bell Stop if in motion
1 " Hoist
2 Bells Lower muck only
3-1 " Hoist men slowly
3-2 " Lower men slowly
2-1-2 " Lower cage
I wondered if they ever wanted to hoist or lower anything or anyone quickly.
Check out the typewriter!