Flume Fever Afflicted: 126-Year-Old Mining Flume in Western Colorado Clings to its Secret

There is something about the tattered remnants of a 126-year-old mining marvel that keeps drawing the curious back to this remote area along Colorado 141 located in Colorado Canyon Country, mostly on public lands operated by the Bureau of Land Management, Uncompahgre Field office. Those who keep returning to measure, survey, photograph and examine the […]

The Hanging Flume: Gold ambitions led to Marvel of Engineering in Dolores Canyon

As we embark on another investigative assignment at the Hanging Flume next week in Colorado, we found this interesting article from Bob Silbernagel of the Grand Junction Sentinel: Gold ambitions led to Marvel of Engineering in Dolores Canyon. A century after the flume was abandoned, an effort began to preserve it. The nonprofit Interpretive Association of […]

Hanging Flume

Uravan, CO A 13-mile long remnant of a hanging flume built over three years in the 1880’s, the flume carried water to the hydraulic mining operations of the Montrose Placer Mining Company. The water was used to provide hydraulic power to separate gold from alluvial rock deposits originating in the San Juan mountains, but after […]

Hanging Flume Project Receives 2014 Stephen H. Hart Award for Historic Preservation

Kent Diebolt was in Denver on the evening of February 5th to help celebrate the Stephen H. Hart Awards for Historic Preservation, honoring the Western Colorado Interperative Association, Anthony & Associates and the Bureau of Land Management for their work and leadership on the Hanging Flume project. Vertical Access has been involved since 2004. [vimeo […]

Flume Fever – The Video

Catching Flume Fever by Mara Ferris of Gen 9 Productions Never realizing its rich history, I have stopped many times along the Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic byway to view the remnants of the spectacular wooden structure hanging high on the red rock walls above the San Miguel and Dolores Rivers. As a filmmaker based in Western Colorado […]

Engineering Marvel Unaweep Canyon Hanging Flume to be Reconstructed

By Kathy Jordan, The Daily Sentinel, Grand Junction, CO Thursday, April 5, 2012 The hanging flume, of which 7 of its 13 miles clings to a red-rock wall along the San Miguel River in the San Miguel and Dolores Rivers canyons, might leave viewers wondering why and when this wooden structure was built. …However, except […]

Eight Years Later: A Return To The Hanging Flume

Driving along the San Miguel River near the historic town of Uravan in western Colorado, one has to study the cliffs to find remnants of a 10 mile long structure built 120 years ago.  Constructed by the Montrose Placer Mining Company between 1889 and 1891, the Hanging Flume ended its service life in 1903 and […]

In the News/Media

Architectural Record March 2003Nondestructive Testing Probes Dome’s SafetyCharles Linn, FAIA Association for Preservation Technology BulletinVol. XXXIII, No. 4, 2002The Princeton University High-Reach Project: A Creative Approach to Preservation ContractingMichael J. Mills, Anne E. Weber, and Katherine McDowell Frey Applicator Magazine The Journal of the Sealant, Waterproof and Restoration InstituteSummer 2020Saving the Basilica: Creative Access Solutions […]