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
This is a model of how the mine would have looked during it's working days. It is in one of the mineral display rooms
This was a very large rock about two feet across, with this lovely pattern of red & blue. The Smithsonian Institution also has a sample labeled as from Ishpeming, MI, which is the only place this is found.
Another example of the mining equipment on display.
I should have had Mom stand in this so you could get an idea how big it is. You can get a little idea from the road and building behind it.
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.