Osceola Mine Progress Report

   9/2002: Work continued slowly at the Osceola Mine this summer. Exploration of the old workings using metal detectors, (which is very time consuming), has not led to any gold discoveries up to this time. The middle tunnel is now open 180 feet. A lot of muck still needs to be cleared. There is no evidence of any air powered tools ever being used to mine the gold from this tunnel. A water system, which was damaged in the flood of '97, has been repaired to supply the mine with water for drilling and washing purposes.   

 

Photo by Gerard Forsman

   The finished spiling. A mining technique for going through loose material. Mark and the guys did a great job!

 

Photo by Gerard Forsman

   Looking over the next muck pile at the mine floor. There's remnants of strap track remaining along with depressions were the wooden ties and rails used to be.

 

Photo by Gerard Forsman

   An old bottle that was found inside the mine.

 

Photo by Gerard Forsman

   Here's Gary doing some plumbing work 150 feet up the side of the hill from the mill.

 

Photo by Gerard Forsman

   It looks like Gary is trying his best to keep dry while turning the tank valve to the "on" position.

 

 

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