I was hiking in the tundra a couple of weeks ago and spotted a tailings pile coming out the side of a mountain off in the distance. It was directly below an old mine I already knew about. I made a mental note to explore that area on a future date.
That future date arrived and I went exploring. Given that it is located near a heavily traveled trail, I didn’t expect to find a hole that you could drive a Corvair into.
I didn’t have a flashlight with me. But even walking in a little way, taking a flash picture, and cranking up the brightness, I still couldn’t see the end.
It looks stable, so perhaps with a bright flashlight I’ll go in a bit further on a future hike. I suspect it joins up with a vertical shaft that is running down from 500 feet above. I’ve previously explored the shaft from above and it’s closed. The amount of tailings in front of this entrance indicates quite a bit was excavated.
Around the entrance was the requisite old rusting machinery and boiler.
There were numerous sites where old cabins stood. One was probably the mess hall with a very large wood cooking stove still in the center of it. What I found interesting was there were steam pipes leading to each cabin site. Did they use the steam for heating? Maybe. Typically mining camps would use wood stoves but perhaps this one was different.