National and State Register

Littlejohn Mine Complex

Chaffee County

Located in the Pine Creek mining district, structures in the complex include a cabin, a burro shed/bunk house, a forge, and several related outbuildings.  All date from the 1880s and are constructed of hand hewn logs with A and V joints.  Low pitch gabled roofs were made of logs, mud, dirt, and grass.

View of the Littlejohn Mine Complex from above (1977).

View of the Littlejohn Mine Complex from above (1977).

Such intact examples of early log mining camps are rare as many were quickly abandoned or replaced with wood frame or masonry structures.  Harry Littlejohn, who acquired the property in 1920 and lived and worked there until his death in 1952, is credited with maintaining the integrity of the complex.  The property is associated with the Mining Industry in Colorado Multiple Property Submission.