Old moonshine camp in the rockies

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Old moonshine camp in the rockies

Post by The Butchers Apron » Sun Aug 30, 2015 2:27 pm

An elderly woman who's property borders mine just recently told my that moonshine and whiskey was being made about a mile and a half from my house. She said they'd been making it at that location up until 1950. Of course this aroused my curiosity so the following day I set out on a short hike to find the remains of an old moonshine camp. It's funny, because I've walked within 100 yards of this spot at least a hundred times.

Sure enough it appears to be the remains of a moonshine camp.
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Post by Brutal » Sun Aug 30, 2015 2:33 pm

What an interesting discovery! Thank you for sharing.
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Post by The Butchers Apron » Sun Aug 30, 2015 2:37 pm

I was really skeptical since it was so close to where I hunt and fish, but it looks genuine. Wish I had more history to tell of it.

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Post by Bushman » Sun Aug 30, 2015 2:49 pm

I think I see a pipe in the second picture but can you tell where there water source came from?

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Post by FreeMountainHermit » Sun Aug 30, 2015 3:24 pm

Very cool. Any copper remnants ?
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Post by The Butchers Apron » Sun Aug 30, 2015 6:33 pm

Yes, mate I can, the source is an underground spring. It's been dry in the front range for a couple weeks but the stream is still trickiling. Here's a pic. I had no idea piror to this morning. This stream is deadly during the snow melt and spring rains. It probably destroyed their camp many a season. This is in Florissant, colorado.
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Post by The Butchers Apron » Sun Aug 30, 2015 6:42 pm

It looks like they dammed it up during the dry season to feed their worm chiller. It is always flowing.

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Post by The Butchers Apron » Sun Aug 30, 2015 6:56 pm

We do have a nice metal detector, we'll be sure to give her a run.

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Post by Bushman » Mon Aug 31, 2015 4:26 am

rockchucker22 wrote:Be cool to metal detect the area, i imagine drunk shiners loosing coins, rings, pocket watches
And as a person that metal detects why didn't I think of that???

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Post by The Butchers Apron » Mon Aug 31, 2015 5:46 am

Alright, I'm heading out with the metal detector to see what I can unearth. Hopefully I'll find something interesting.

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Post by thecroweater » Mon Aug 31, 2015 6:12 am

yeah good luck, poor boys around here would pull up floorboards if they dropped a farthing (quarter of a cent) but ya might be lucky
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Post by The Butchers Apron » Mon Aug 31, 2015 9:03 am

I spent about an hour digging around with the metal detector. There is so much metal and copper about that the thing never shuts up. I think it will take several weeks to excavate the camp. I didn't unearth any treasures but I did manage to find these.
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Post by Bushman » Mon Aug 31, 2015 9:19 am

Would love to be there with my detector helping you! Keep the pictures coming.

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Post by MashMaker » Mon Aug 31, 2015 9:21 am

The Butchers Apron wrote:I spent about an hour digging around with the metal detector. There is so much metal and copper about that the thing never shuts up. I think it will take several weeks to excavate the camp. I didn't unearth any treasures but I did manage to find these.
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That's cool I love finding old sites like that to poke around in

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Post by The Butchers Apron » Mon Aug 31, 2015 9:31 am

I'll definitely need some help. so if anyone's near Florissant, CO there's an open invitation to come out and dig around with me. I've got plenty of whisky, wine, beer, rum, and scotch for medicinal purposes and keeping morale up while excavating the moonshine camp, of course.

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Post by MashMaker » Mon Aug 31, 2015 10:41 am

The Butchers Apron wrote:I'll definitely need some help. so if anyone's near Florissant, CO there's an open invitation to come out and dig around with me. I've got plenty of whisky, wine, beer, rum, and scotch for medicinal purposes and keeping morale up while excavating the moonshine camp, of course.

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Well that sounds like a blast but one problem Kansas is between us and my truck won't run in Kansas :roll:

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Post by Braz » Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:29 am

MashMaker wrote:Well that sounds like a blast but one problem Kansas is between us and my truck won't run in Kansas :roll:
Truck must be a Democrat. :D
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Post by MashMaker » Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:39 am

Braz wrote:
MashMaker wrote:Well that sounds like a blast but one problem Kansas is between us and my truck won't run in Kansas :roll:
Truck must be a Democrat. :D
Nope.

More of a Jayhawker thing!!
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Post by Brutal » Mon Aug 31, 2015 3:24 pm

As if this wasn't interesting enough!!! I'm a thousand miles from ya buddy so I can't help. I am enjoying the hell out of your journey though. Thanks again for sharing!
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Post by Truckinbutch » Mon Aug 31, 2015 8:28 pm

I've got one hell of a fine treasure hunting buddy in Grand Junction . If you wold care to hook up with him shoot me a PM . He likes his drop , too .
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Thanks, I'll pm you.

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Post by Copper Thumper » Wed Dec 02, 2015 9:06 pm

Any more pictures?!! Very COOL!

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Post by Halfbaked » Thu Dec 03, 2015 7:03 pm

The Butchers Apron wrote:I was really skeptical since it was so close to where I hunt and fish, but it looks genuine. Wish I had more history to tell of it.

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Buddy I think the history started the day you found it..... Id start pulling the bad stuff out and replacing with good stuff and put your still in it. Looks like you got some water. If its not much maybe you need to fill and ICP or 2. Can't wait to hear your history.

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Post by Copper Thumper » Thu Dec 03, 2015 8:25 pm

" WITH 100 POUNDS OF YEAST AND SOME COPPER LIIIIINNNNNNNEEEEEEEE....."

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Post by WooTeck » Fri Dec 04, 2015 2:10 am

thats a really cool looking place. it would be hard not to have at least one run out there

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