Mining

Silver Banner Mine

This mine was a little surprising. As it turns out, I had driven right past it on a previous exploration of the Cobalt area. There is nothing from the road to indicate its presence except the remnants of a very old road that would be easily overlooked.

Mill 104

History: 

Northern Customs Concentrators, Limited, built this 80 - stamp mill at mileage 104 on the T & NO Railway in 1913. It processed ore from several Cobalt area mines until 1922 when it was purchased by M.J. O'Brien Limited.

Harrison-Hibert Mine

Following directions from my GPS, I arrived at the end of what appeared to be a long driveway. The white house in the distance looked as though it might be someone’s home. I hesitated, looking over the place and deciding whether or not to drive in when I noticed that the power lines leading into the property had been cut from the poles. This made my decision for me.

Ross Mine

History: 

In operation between 1934 and 1988, Ross Mine produced over 1 million ounces of gold. It was owned, at closing, by Pamour Porcupine Mines, Ltd.

UPDATE July 5, 2012: Thanks to the heads-up from Jay's comment below, I discovered that the property is about to see action again. Guardians of Gold plan to reprocess the tailings behind the mine to remove trace amounts of gold.

Cobalt Silver Mines

History: 

Cobalt is a town founded on silver mining. In 1903, while constructing the railway, silver was discovered, and a town was born. 400 mines later, there isn't much happening in Cobalt today, but there's LOTS to explore.

Additional information available on Wikipedia.


Personal Commentary: 

Shannopin Mine

History: 

Opened in 1926, this mine covered an area of approximately 8,200 acres. The mine closed in 1993 owing over $87,000 in taxes for the property itself, and with the parent company owing over $700,000 overall.

Currently there is a problem with acid drainage from the mine into the nearby river.


Personal Commentary: 

Kanichee Mine

History: 

Exploratory mining on this property began before 1920. Among the minerals found here was copper, nickel, gold and silver. Between 1933 and 1936, a shaft would be sunk, and a pilot smelter constructed by Cuniptau Mines Ltd.

Worthington

Worthington was incorporated as a mining town in 1892. On October 4, 1927, at 5:50 am, the mine, and part of the town collapsed into a fault line. There were no deaths, however, thanks to the vigilance of the foreman who evacuated the town the night before, having noticed abnormal shifts in the rock.

Some additional information available at Wikipedia.