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Barnyard Bash 2015: Local Mining Celebration
October 14, 2015
IronMiners Presents the 8th Annual Barnyard BashSave the date: On Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 5pm IronMiners once again unleashes a fury of a mining celebration, the 12th annual Barnyard Bash in Monroe, CT. This year, IronMiners premiers its documentary, "Abandoned Mine Explorers: Footsteps in the Dark". This immersive presentation will be accompanied by mineral displays, a dinner buffet, drinks, and great company. No RSVP necessary and free to attend! 21 and over for drinks.
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Iron Miners to Guide 5th Annual Tour of Trotter Tunnel at Sterling Hill Mining Museum
April 23, 2015
5th Annual Trotter Tunnel TourOn April 25, 2015, Iron Miners will once again return to the Sterling Hill Mining Museum to lead tours of Trotter Tunnel during the annual Super Dig event. Walk through an historic tunnel driven by Charles W. Trotter from 1874 to 1876 and learn about his struggle to mine zinc and iron as others conspired to destroy his business. Tour the Sterling Hill mine with only UV illumination, collect minerals, and more. For registration information, please visit Super Dig Event 2015 page.
Iron Miners to Present for Canal Society of NJ
January 9, 2015
Going UndergroundOn Friday January 16, 2015, Iron Miners is "going underground" in an above ground presentation for the Canal Society of NJ. This lights out presentation will feature a slide show of never before published photos direct from the Iron Miners archives. Learn the basics of iron mining, once an important industry for the Morris Canal through first person photography and narrative. Event starts at 7:30pm at the Morris County Cultural Center at 300 Mendham Road, Morris Twp, NJ.

Barnyard Bash 2014: Meet the IronMiners in Monroe, Connecticut
October 19, 2014
IronMiners Presents the 8th Annual Barnyard BashSave the date: On Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 5pm, IronMiners kicks off its annual Barnyard Bash in Monroe, CT. Experience the premier of "Portal to the Past", a documentary about early mining in Connecticut as well as a thorough documentary about the Shawangunk Mine in New York. Meet fellow historians who are eager to share their deep mining insight over a warm bowl of chili and oktoberfest ale! At 9pm, the lights go out, and the dance party begins! 21 and over for drinks.
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High Above the Desert, the Tuscumbia Mine
September 10, 2014
Tuscumbia MineNestled high above the desert plains, amongst the Bradshaw Mountains in Arizona, lies the Tuscumbia Mine. One of several primarily silver producers, the Tuscumbia Mine enjoyed success before eventual abandonment. The IronMiners discovered and documented this mine during a day trip under partly cloudy skies in 2008 before returning to the Crown King Saloon to reflect on the mission and chat with the locals. The mine has recently been claimed and operations may once again continue.
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IronMiners to Give Tour of Trotter Tunnel
May 22, 2014
Iron Miners Meet and GreetOn Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 5pm, IronMiners once again invites you to attend its annual meet and greet event of mine history buffs! Open to the public with free admission, you can partake in gold panning, delicious food and ale (21 and over of course), watch exclusive videos and celebrate on the dance floor at 9pm! We are a friendly bunch and look forward to meeting new faces and enlightening conversations. The address is 181 Hattertown Road, Monroe, CT. See you there!
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IronMiners Visits the Gladiator Mine
February 9, 2014
Gladiator MineAfter a 40 mile trek along unpaved roads, the IronMiners reached this desolate and abandoned gold mining operation in 2007. Here, a big strike was discovered in 1898 on the 700 foot level, a 5 foot wide mass of free milling gold. The mine operated sporadically well into the next century. In recent years a massive forest fire started here and even threatened to wipe out the nearby town.
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Annual Barnyard Bash Event Returns to Monroe, Connecticut for 2013!
October 21, 2013
IronMiners Presents the 8th Annual Barnyard BashOn Saturday, November 2, 2013, beginning at 5pm, the Barnyard Bash returns to Monroe, CT. Free to attend and open to everyone, this exciting get-together is open to anyone interested in meeting like-minded mine aficianados or anyone who would like to celebrate the season while chatting it up with the premier team of mine researchers in the northeast. Arrive hungry as our mine chefs cook up an enticing miners meal accompanied by ale. Never before seen video footage will be shown and music and dancing begins at 9pm!
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IronMiners Premiers Cranberry Mine Mini-Documentary
September 26, 2013
Cranberry MineAs the result of an ongoing effort to capture mining history on film, IronMiners premiers its first official video, a mini-documentary of the Cranberry Mine. Located in New York's lower Hudson Valley, this obscure yet ambitious iron mine has been all but completely forgotten by historians and geologists. Now, this historic iron mining operation gains a new perspective through the lens of contemporary filmography.
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IronMiners to Lead 3rd Annual Tour of Trotter Tunnel at Sterling Hill Mining Museum
March 30, 2013
3rd Annual Trotter Tunnel TourOn April 27, 2013, the staff at IronMiners will lead its 3rd annual tour of the historic Trotter Tunnel at the Sterling Hill Mining Museum located in Ogdensburg, NJ. As part of the yearly Super Dig event, this underground tour will allow visitors the rare opportunity to explore a long overlooked piece of Sterling Hill's history. Learn about Charles W. Trotter's trials and defeats as he struggled to mine and market his ore. Other activities will include mineral collecting, a UV illuminated mine tour of the main Sterling Hill Mine, and a guided walkthrough of its associated mill. For registration information, please visit Super Dig Event 2013 page.
Come to the largest gathering of mine enthusiasts in the northeast!
October 5, 2012
IronMiners Presents the 8th Annual Barnyard BashOn Saturday, November 3, 2012, beginning at 5pm, IronMiners will host its annual Fall event, IronMiners' Barnyard Bash. This get-together is open to the general public and admission is free. Learn how to pan for real gold—and keep what you find! Enter a raffle to win an authentic flame safety lamp. Experience rare video footage and photos of historic mines, and handle real mining artifacts and minerals. Free dinner and ale will be served starting at 6pm. At 9pm, musical guest Elastic Pyramid performs their unique take on indie rock, featuring IronMiners co-founder, Mike Hetman on bass.
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IronMiners, Inc. is proud to offer for sale, the Tom Swift unpatented lode claim
September 2, 2012
Tom Swift MineTom Swift Mine is a 20.66 acre unpatented lode claim located in the Slumbering Hills region of Humboldt County, Nevada. The claim is situated approximately 26 miles northwest of the city of Winnemucca, NV in the Awakening District. This district is notable for the famous gold strike at the nearby Jumbo Mine in 1935. The mine features an adit over 1500 feet in length that crosscuts through several quartz ve>ins.
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IronMiners Collaborates with Website
June 11, 2012
Mine Your Own BusinessIronMiners teams up with the popular website,, to present a week long marathon of mining themed comics. Started in 2007, Brainless Tales is the brainchild of Marcus, a skilled illustrator and web designer who over the past 5 years, has amassed a loyal following of fans worldwide from his website at and on Facebook. Through an intense brainstorming session with Marcus, IronMiners' Mike Hetman helped provided the content and humor that will be brought to life through comic illustration for the week of June 11, 2012.
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