Mining

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.

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.


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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.


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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.


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