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 Post subject: Ely Mine Trip Photos
PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:38 am 
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Here are photos of the first day of our trip, the Ely Copper Mine. Enjoy!

Discussion here: http://www.ironminers.com/mineforum/viewtopic.php?p=109202

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A 1956 view of the historic Ely timbered adit!

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Make no mistake, the size of these buildings in this vintage photo indicate a massive operation.

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Before the start of the expedition, Miner CT Mike drills screws into his boots for better traction in the icy mine.

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Onwards to the mine... Miner Pete and Miner Barry lead the IronMiners over the snow covered tailings.

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After passing the tailing piles, the pack begins the bushwhack to the entrance.

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After an exhausting hike, the inclined shaft/stope entrance is reached!

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Is this what the same entrance looked like or is this another one? (vintage photo)

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Its all downhill from here...

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Extreme caution is exercised descending into the mine.

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Totally immersed in the stope, icy stalactites grow from the ceiling.

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A tunnel leads off in one direction...

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Ties from the haulageway are encased in ice.

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Further the tunnel goes...

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At the end of one tunnel, a puddle of mineralization looks mysteriously more like a puddle of blood...

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Well preserved wooden water containers far outlive their use in the background as Miner Barry and Miner CT Mike pose near the enormous gob rock.

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What mine isn't complete without.... AN ORE CAR!!

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