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Rudaheha Mine, Battle, Wyoming, 1902, photo by J. E. Stimson.

For information as to J. E. Stimson see Cheyenne III. The Rudafeha Mine, 14 miles from Encampment, was established by Rudolph, Davis, Ferris and Haggarty and named after the investors. The ore from the Rudafeha Mine in Battle, Wyoming, was carried to the smelter in Encampment on the world's longest aerial tramway, photos of tramway in Encampment on preceding page. Battle was named as a result of a battle fought between 500 Sioux, Arapaho and Cheyenne and 23 Rocky Mountain Fur Company trappers. The mines in the area were abandoned in 1908 with the loss of value in copper and the indictment of the company for stock fraud. When the shafts of the Rudafeha Mine were sealed no provision was made for drainage and the shafts are now flooded with some seepage poluting nearby steams.

Rudafeha Mine, Battle, Wyoming, prior to 1908

In the cloudy crystal ball department, in 1907, the State Geologist Henry C. Beeler reported as to the mines featured on this page:

The two mines of the Penn-Wyoming Copper Company, the Ferris-Haggarty and the Doane-Rambler, are in active operation. In the former some' new ore shoots have been opened and the mine bids fair for a greater production than ever, as it has been put in first-class physical shape and the ore handled at a less cost per ton. Diamond drill prospecting has been going on in the lower levels of this mine this year, exploring the adjacent formations for parallel ore shoots, but the results have not yet been given to the public. In the Doane-Rambler mine, work has been confined to reopening the working levels, putting them in shape for a large production and connecting the mine with the sixteen-mile overhead tramway, which transports the ore from the Ferris-Haggarty mine to the Encampment smelter and the railroad. There is no reason, why an active production campaign should not be made, and the management of this enterprise is to be congratulated on what it has accomplished, in the face of what appeared to be almost insurmountable difficulties, in the way of fires, scarcity of labor, financial depression and an arbitrary and needless decline in the price of copper, which occurred just as it had completed its new works and was prepared to produce at a handsome profit.

This new smelter and railroad have made the future of the Encampment district a certainty, as there has never been any doubt as to the ores here, and new work is going on all over the district.

As noted above, the mines closed the next year.

Rambler, Wyoming, 1891

Rambler, 1997

Rambler, located in the Grand Encampment Mining District of southern Carbon County, was established by Rudolph, Davis, Ferris amd Haggarty as a part of their copper mining operations.

(Bird's eye view of Rudafeha Mine, to right. Tramway terminal in tall building at right of photo).

In 1998, The Wyoming State Geologic Survey, noting that the New Rambler mine had in the early 1900's, in addition to copper, mined some platinum-group metals (PGM), reported that there has been some renewed interest in exploration and claim staking for PGM in the state.