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Carleton Watkins Mine Interiors Collection

Interior photos of mines in Butte, Montana, 1890, hundreds of feet below ground

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Among the riches of the historical photograph collections of the University of Idaho Library is an oversize portfolio of 80 original Carleton E. Watkins photographs.

Long considered lost, these photographs of the interior of four Anaconda Mines in Butte, Montana, were taken in 1890. They show early hard-rock mining techniques, equipment, and men deep underground.

 
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