“Pontiac” Mine

This medium sized, multi-level mine had a fairly long period of activity and is a more modern mine than we usually go check out. Recently it has been examined by a mining company to be mined as an open pit. We wanted to get out there before that happened and the whole place is destroyed. These photos were taken in 2008.

For more photos, check out Dezdan’s page on this mine.

Checking our gear and lights. Checking our gear an...
Heading in the haulage adit. Heading in the haula...
Compressed air tank (used to run the drills). Compressed air tank ...
Boxcar checks out a compressed air tank. Boxcar checks out a ...
One of a couple of powder rooms. One of a couple of p...
They had the room to set up and make fuses.  The miners used this rig to measure off the correct lengths of fuse. They had the room to...
Notes on lengths of cord. Notes on lengths of ...
Fuse making rig.  Note that Kilroy was here.... Fuse making rig. No...
Deeper in the mine. Deeper in the mine.
A cave-in has sealed this passage. A cave-in has sealed...
There is plenty of mine to explore though. There is plenty of m...
Dan pauses at a rail switch. Dan pauses at a rail...
The operating arm still works. The operating arm st...
Dan photographs an ore chute. Dan photographs an o...
Some fuse cord with blasting cap. Some fuse cord with ...
Lots of drifts. Lots of drifts.
We find a skip that has been pulled out of the main shaft.  The mine shows some signs of vandalism. We find a skip that ...
At the main shaft. At the main shaft.
The mine was wired for electricity. The mine was wired f...
A look at the main shaft.  Different width of rails for various cars. A look at the main s...
Boxcar takes a look at the ladders. Boxcar takes a look ...
Looking down.  It's only a few hundred feet down... Looking down. It�...
Down on a sublevel.  I might have just blinded Dan. Down on a sublevel. ...
Blast door. Blast door.
We find a stretcher and it is even labelled! We find a stretcher ...
Dan takes a break. Photo by Dan. Dan takes a break. P...
Boxcar and Micah haul me off. Photo by Dan. Boxcar and Micah hau...
No Riding Skips at Any Time. No Riding Skips at A...
This mine did have more than one exit.  That is good. This mine did have m...
And lots of signs.  Never could figure out this one. And lots of signs. ...
Another electrical panel. Another electrical p...
Escapeway ladder. Escapeway ladder.
We explore along the bottom of a stope. We explore along the...
We find a restroom.  This mine has it all! We find a restroom. ...
Of course Dan has to try it out.... Of course Dan has to...
It is amazing that anything can grow in complete darkness, without much in the way of food. It is amazing that a...
Looking down the shaft again.  Downward to the 400 level we go. Looking down the sha...
Boxcar on ladder. Boxcar on ladder.
Dan and Boxcar find a slusher. Dan and Boxcar find ...
We find a few more slushers.  They are intact too. We find a few more s...
Getting ready to go down to the 500 level. Getting ready to go ...
While I'm waiting to get on the ladder, I take a look at the slushers. While I'm waiti...
Still waiting. Still waiting.
Winch part. Winch part.
Ingersoll Rand ID tag. Ingersoll Rand ID tag.
Micah looks down. Micah looks down.
Almost my turn. Almost my turn.
We find batteries for a trammer on another sublevel. We find batteries fo...
On the 500 level, Boxcar checks things out. On the 500 level, Bo...
Shaft Manway for Authorized Persons or Emergency Use Only. Shaft Manway for Aut...
Watch out!  Crazy axe men down here. Watch out! Crazy ax...
Escapeways. Escapeways.
Dan has a gas monitor on his belt which has shown good air this whole time. Dan has a gas monito...
Drifts and timber. Drifts and timber.
Dan in a drift. Dan in a drift.
Another pooper. Another pooper.
Lots of timber down here. Lots of timber down ...
We will check this out later. We will check this o...
We find a small storage area. We find a small stor...
Deeper and deeper we go. Deeper and deeper we...
Another powder magazine.  No Smokeing (sic) please. Another powder magaz...
"Fuse Rate 49 Sec per Foot."  That seems pretty slow. "Fuse Rate 49 S...
Not much left in this explosive storage room. Not much left in thi...
Storage. Storage.
We find a mucker!  It has been vandalized, but these are rare finds. We find a mucker! I...
The guys at the mucker. The guys at the mucker.
Micah tries to get a good shot. Micah tries to get a...
Back side of the mucker. Back side of the muc...
We press onward.  We are at the bottom of a stope. We press onward. We...
Lots to see. Lots to see.
We find another litter (stretcher). We find another litt...
Ore chute. Ore chute.
Laddered raise. Laddered raise.
We find another mucker! We find another mucker!
Front side of the mucker. Front side of the mu...
Mucker. Mucker.
Micah hops on and shows us how it is done. Micah hops on and sh...
Micah waits his turn on the ladder up. Micah waits his turn...
Another look at the mucker. Another look at the ...
Side rail. Side rail.
Another compressor tank. Another compressor t...
Boxcar and Micah wait at the top of the ladder.  We are all a little tired from a great day of mine exploring. Boxcar and Micah wai...


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