“DRV” Mine

We recently visited an immense underground mine; spending hours underground  exploring its twisting passageways late into the night.

The haulage adit is a steep 800′ decline to the main body of workings. That is a long drop just to get to the start of the mine!

Once there, we discovered a central hub where large passageways radiate out in all directions. Close by, we found a workshop and miner’s break-room.

We walked all over this modern mine with its massive drifts and cross-cuts worked by heavy trucks. I doubt we saw 20% of the mine. It took about an hour to hike back up the long decline to get out.

Not much is left inside but it is a fascinating place to explore. I can’t wait to go back for another visit and discover more of its secrets.

Check out Dezdan’s photos of the DRV mine.

Videos at bottom.

Headed in. Walking down the long, long cross-cut adit to the mine itself. Headed in. Walking d...
Micah at a bulkhead. Micah at a bulkhead.
Coming into a soft section of rock. Coming into a soft s...
Moldy bulkhead. Moldy bulkhead.
"Danger 4160 Volts." Indeed. "Danger 4160 Vo...
One of many pools. One of many pools.
The guys check a bulkhead door. The guys check a bul...
Walking along the cross-cut. Walking along the cr...
Down, down, down. Down, down, down.
We find some blast doors. We find some blast d...
We spot something up ahead. We spot something up...
It's a room! Wait. Is that a picnic table? It's a room! Wa...
We find a break room. We find a break room.
Honeypots. Honeypots.
After a long walk down the incline, we are ready for a break. After a long walk do...
Id tags. Id tags.
We also find a workshop. We also find a works...
Not much left but still interesting. Not much left but st...
Parts. Parts.
Stool and fittings. Stool and fittings.
Miner's Easy Bake Oven? Miner's Easy Ba...
Danger sign on the bench. Danger sign on the b...
Not much in the first aid kit. Not much in the firs...
Sink! Got to stay clean. Sink! Got to stay cl...
Micah and parts. Micah and parts.
Wire spools. Wire spools.
Dan in the workshop. Dan in the workshop.
Some areas were rotten. Some areas were rotten.
Rust pond. Rust pond.
Lots of minerals. Lots of minerals.
This is the floor. This is the floor.
Copper and iron. Copper and iron.
Gypsum flower. Gypsum flower.
A ram's horn of gypsum. A ram's horn of...
Working platform for drilling. Working platform for...
Hersch stops at a pillar in the ore room. Lots of pyrite behind him. Hersch stops at a pi...
Heading up to another level. This place is big. Heading up to anothe...
Air duct down to another level. Air duct down to ano...
More drifts. More drifts.
Wet section. Wet section.
Across the pond. Across the pond.
Back to the main incline with more down to explore. Back to the main inc...
Back at a pipe junction. That's it for now. Back at a pipe junct...

Stope room in the DRV Mine:

Flooded tunnel in the DRV Mine:

Walking up an incline to a break room in the DRV Mine:


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