Travel Photography Photos tagged as mines
Balatoc Mines tour
This carried iron ore from the mine to waiting train cars.
Miners had to pick up a tag as they entered the mine, then return it as they left. This way, the manager would know if anyone got left behind.
Our tour guide was Joyce. Her grandfather actually worked in the mine, so she had a personal connection to the mine and it's operation.
This was used by the shaft cage operator (elevator). Different rings for different levels, raise or lower, etc.
In addition to the mine itself, there is an interesting collection of old phones and equipment on display.
This is an Overshoot Shovel Loader and Granby Side Dump car
Float copper is a native copper shapped as it is carried by glacial ice and then deposited along with sands and gravels. This piece weighs several hundred pounds.
The mine had three shafts, A, B, and C.
This was the last and newest of the three shafts used at this mine.
The Shaft houses a hoist to raise and lower equipment and ore to the surface.
This anvil used at the mine was so big, I asked one of the volunteer tour guides to stand by it to help illustrate it's size. He refused to lift it for some reason however.