Osceola Mine Progress Report

   7/2002: Winter was not kind to the main tunnel at the Osceola. A lot of timbering has shown its age and has allowed several areas to be blocked by waste rock that was used as backfill in several raises. After exploring the affected area it was decided not to rehab the main tunnel at this time. Instead, "Plan B" has been implemented to see what's behind the green door in the middle tunnel. This is where over 1500 oz. of gold was recovered about one hundred years ago. The tunnel has been blocked by rock 30 feet past the portal since that time. The following pictures show the work in progress.

 

Photo by Gerard Forsman

Loader positioned for hand mucking. (Take a shovel, fill loader bucket)!!

 

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Just inside the portal.

 

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More of the same.

 

Photo by Gerard Forsman

A raise just inside the portal.

 

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George, Gary and Deb digging a pathway to the portal.

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Gary dumping a load of rock using the new pathway.

 

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Mark doing some hand mucking.

 

Photo by Gerard Forsman

Mark digging into the rock to place the stull.

 

Photo by Gerard Forsman

First stull installed.

 

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