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 Post subject: Re: Mines of Botetourt Co. VA
PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:55 pm 
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ExplorerTuttle wrote:
The screen shot worked great, thanks!


Here is something else I just found. Have you seen this?

http://www.cnyhiking.com/BRP-SpecMineTrail.htm

Evidently that trail is in the National Forest. As so often is the case, although the trail was named after the mines, it doesn't really give you any information on the mines.

But! Notice how closely the trail follows the contour lines in some places (on both maps). That tends to suggest it might be laid over an abandoned RR bed. Suggests indeed but we don't know that for sure. If it was a railroad, it could've been a logging road, too.

However if you hike that trail and examine the surroundings you might be able to find the mine. I would do it in winter when there are fewer leaves on the trees (although these might be conifers; I'm not familiar with the area).

I think this might be the right area, though.

Happy hunting !

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Fred M. Cain


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 Post subject: Re: Mines of Botetourt Co. VA
PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 4:19 pm 
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Yes there is a trail and that's what got me looking orginialy the trail is very level and follow the contours but was built later, when you hike the trail you can notice on the other side of the hollow an even more level and wider trail that goes down to the branch named after the mines, and isnt shown on the topoquad of the area. that's my attack plan tomorow is to hike across the hollow and see where that leads, thanks for all the help so far guys


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 Post subject: Re: Mines of Botetourt Co. VA
PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 4:22 pm 
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/wiretapstu ... /comments/

these are the pics i mentioned earlier, i talked to a few locals who lived in the area around the mine and claimed it was accessible, so we will see


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 Post subject: Re: Mines of Botetourt Co. VA
PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 4:25 pm 
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ExplorerTuttle wrote:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wiretapstudios/sets/72157622397398229/comments/

these are the pics i mentioned earlier, i talked to a few locals who lived in the area around the mine and claimed it was accessible, so we will see


Where did those pictures come from? Did you take those? With those tracks in there looks like it was a pretty decent working.

Please let us know what you find out!

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Fred M. Cain


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 Post subject: Re: Mines of Botetourt Co. VA
PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 4:29 pm 
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I just found them searching google and found them on flicr, no idea who took them but they are amzaing


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 Post subject: Re: Mines of Botetourt Co. VA
PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 4:34 pm 
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ExplorerTuttle wrote:
I just found them searching google and found them on flicr, no idea who took them but they are amzaing


Oh, I see. I hope you find it!!!

BUT!!!! If it goes back in there very far, I hope you have a low-oxygen detector just in case!!!

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Fred M. Cain


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 Post subject: Re: Mines of Botetourt Co. VA
PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:34 pm 
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Hey Everyone, I FOUND IT, found it last weekend and just havent been online to share w/ you guys, it at the very bottom of the hollow to where the branch starts, to find it if you take the NF trail named after it and take the second drain you come to it leads down to the site, its very cool and an amazing site, ive gt some pics up on my instagram "nptuttle" if your interested, thanks for the help and support!


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 Post subject: Re: Mines of Botetourt Co. VA
PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:53 pm 
No, thank YOU for the interesting discussion. I wish you luck on any future explorations.


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 Post subject: Re: Mines of Botetourt Co. VA
PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:22 am 
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ExplorerTuttle wrote:
Hey Everyone, I FOUND IT, found it last weekend and just havent been online to share w/ you guys, it at the very bottom of the hollow to where the branch starts, to find it if you take the NF trail named after it and take the second drain you come to it leads down to the site, its very cool and an amazing site, ive gt some pics up on my instagram "nptuttle" if your interested, thanks for the help and support!


I'd like to see your pictures. How do I find them?

Also, how far in did you go? Was it a pretty big mine?

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Fred M. Cain


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 Post subject: Re: Mines of Botetourt Co. VA
PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 4:29 pm 
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Hey guys, as you can see I'm new here. My brother and I live in the same town as the OP and went looking for this mine last weekend. We didn't get very far before we realized maybe it would be a good idea to do some further research. If anyone would like to meet up sometime and check this place out please let me know. Also, I have an old book that mentions the area where there was a narrow gauge railroad that went to the N&W tracks to load rail cars. Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Mines of Botetourt Co. VA
PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 4:52 pm 
Welcome to the site!


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 Post subject: Re: Mines of Botetourt Co. VA
PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 5:51 pm 
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Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Mines of Botetourt Co. VA
PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:32 pm 
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I'm still racking my brain trying to find this place. Grrrr


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 Post subject: Re: Mines of Botetourt Co. VA
PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:34 pm 
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This Minedat.org page has the GPS coordinates and nearby sites to check out. Add your pics to the listings and they will live forever. Love that area- camped near the Peaks of Otter a decade ago.

http://www.mindat.org/nearestlocs.php?l ... 7798461914


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 Post subject: Re: Mines of Botetourt Co. VA
PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 3:11 pm 
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Thanks!!


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