Bierce was eventually able to convince the company to buy out West's contract, eliminating a major distraction for Bierce in trying to complete the flume. Alas, short of capital and under much criticism himself, Bierce saw the August deadline come and go. The flume was still not done.
There were also many trestles that elevated the flume as high as 80 feet.
The flume itself was 42 inches by 48 inches and was made of wooden planks tied together about every four feet.
Photograph courtesy of the Minnilusa Historical Association.
From 2009 Moon Walks