The iconic Crystal Mill is one of the most photographed spots in the state of Colorado because of its rustic beauty and perilous perch on a rock ledge over the Crystal River. Located on the river just west of the historic town of Crystal, the Mill has stood for more than a century.
In 1893, owners of the Sheep Mountain Tunnel realized a more efficient way of mining was needed if operations were to continue, so they constructed a powerhouse (the mill). A turbine water-wheel generated the propelling force of ninety horsepower which operated an air compressor. The compressed air was carried through steel pipe lines to air drills used to penetrate the solid rock.
The historic Crystal Mill closed in 1917.