Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Independence mine again

More shots from Independence mine.  I took quite a few shots of the equipment but since I can identify what each one's function is I just put up one shot of a piece.  It was interesting to walk around and try to figure out what the equipment was used for.  Below is a little information about the mine....you can read more here if you want.

Robert Lee Hatcher discovered and staked the first lode gold claim in the Willow Creek Valley in September 1906, and others soon followed. But lode mining was expensive for an individual operator; it required elaborate tunnels and heavy equipment, so companies merged to pool resources and reduce expenses. 

What is now called Independence Mine was once two mines: The Alaska Free Gold (Martin) Mine on Skyscraper Mountain, and Independence Mine on Granite Mountain. In 1938 the two were bought together under one company, the Alaska-Pacific Consolidated Mining Company (APC). With a block of 83 mining claims, APC became the largest producer in the Willow Creek Mining District. The claims covered more than 1,350 acres and included 27 structures. In its peak year, 1941, APC employed 204 men, blasted nearly a dozen miles of tunnels, and produced 34,416 ounces of gold worth $1,204,560; today $17,208,000. Twenty-two families lived in nearby Boomtown, with eight children attending the Territorial School in the new bunkhouse.


Ginny said...

This is scary and bleak stuff. Are those the apartments the miners lived in?

Anonymous said...

I would so so so love love love to explore that old place... So incredible that ya'll got to! =)
I wonder if it's haunted?! If those walls could talk, oh the stories they'd tell! =)

Rose said...

Love the shots through the windows...and all the rest too...what views there are there!

George said...

I would love to visit this old mine.