Copper mining began on this site as early as 1873.
On September 7, 1895, a fire broke out on the 27th level of Shaft 3 and was intensified by the timbers used to support the mine. At the time, over 200 people were underground. Of those, 30 people were killed, including 4 boys. All of them appeared to have died of smoke inhalation, and all bodies were eventually recovered.