Yellow Jacket

Upon crossing First Street in Tamarack Location we had officially left lands owned by the Tamarack Mine and had crossed onto property owned by its rival – C&H. This was as far west as C&H had though it needed to go when it first opened its mine, a lack of vision that enabled the Tamarack to rob the C&H of its conglomerate. But since C&H had also acquired the surface rights along the entire length of the lode’s outcropping, it had no need to mine the lode at depth and instead turned its western land holdings into building sites for more worker’s housing. Sandwiched between the Tamarack Mine to the west and Red Jacket itself on the east, this small corridor of land would become known as Yellow Jacket.

Yellow Jacket was a community surrounded and penetrated by industry. To the south-west sprawled the surface plant of the Tamarack Mine while the Mineral Range yards and rail corridor formed the community’s eastern border. Most intrusive was a spur of the C&H Railroad, which carved its way through the center of town on its way north to the Red Jacket Shaft – which loomed menacingly to the north. It was probably a pretty dirty and noisy place to live when the mines were at their prime.