Mining

Tyranite Mine

History: 

This mine has apparently had several incarnations over time. The ore body was first staked in 1930 by L.O. Hedlund. Several organizations obtained options to the property over the next few years, but did little with it, and let their options lapse.

BL Morrison Mine

If not for the GPS, it's possible we would have driven right past this place. Most of it has been rehabilitated yet curiously the head-frame remains.

It's small, and doesn't appear as though it was meant to take much weight. Looking down the shaft beneath the cage, we could see water below. When I dropped a stone in, not only did I hear the splash, but also a solid sound of rock. It was only about 30 feet down, and I suppose the shaft may have gone horizontal beyond that, but it was impossible to tell.

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.

Majestic Mine

History: 

The Majestic Mine was incorporated in 1921. By 1929, the shaft had reached a depth of 200 feet, but all operations ended by the mid 1930's.


Personal Commentary: 

I found out about the Majestic Gold Mine, and heard that the headframe was still present. I got up early in the morning only to have it start raining. When I arrived, the rain wasn't too bad, but the bugs were thick.

Agnew Lake Mine

History: 

Between 1977 and early 1983, Agnew Lake Mine produced uranium for Kerr Addison Mines Ltd. During this time, it produced 1.88 million pounds of uranium from about 3.1 million tons of ore.

Below ground, there are a number of features, including a six-compartment shaft leading to a depth of over 980 metres.


Personal Commentary: 

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.