Geneva Lake Mine

Category Exploration Date Status Province / State Country
Mining March 24, 2010 Abandoned Ontario Canada

Posted on: Thu, 03/25/2010 - 15:15 By: Mike


My best information to date indicates that exploration began here in 1927. During the winter of 1929-30, equipment was being brought in by horse and sleigh. By 1933, a mine and several support buildings had been constructed to produce primarily zinc, but initial production was very low due to the market situation.

In 1935, the Government of Ontario pushed a road through as far as Benny and the mine which would be the precursor to the current Highway 144.

In 1941, with the war in full swing and the demand for zinc high, the mine became very busy. It produced 10,389,646 lbs. of zinc, 3,598,411 lbs. of lead by the time of its 1944 closure. This closure has been attributed to the death of the company's president in a plane crash.

I have little information beyond that point of time with the exception that Pioneer Construction won a contract for the rehabilitation of the property in 2003.

Today, there is some talk that this property is being explored again for its mining potential. This time, it's gold.

Personal Commentary: 

We drove out to this site after dinner, bouncing over rocks, slip, sliding through mud and a surprising quantity of remaining snow and ice. By the time we arrived, the sun was beginning it's slow drop to the horizon, so we had to move.

The tailings had done their obvious damage, and even after all this time, very little vegetation has managed to reclaim the area. The setting sun offered us some great lighting and we even got to try out new rubber boots.

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