David K. Joyce Minerals

Recent Activities -Cobalt, October, 2010 Trip

I try to visit Cobalt a couple of times a year, at least. This year, I had just a short visit in September and then a longer visit in October. The weather was perfect and I was able to collect some good silver and purchase specimens from some dedcated local collectors. Here are some photo's and descriptions of parts of the trip.

 

Recent Activities -Cobalt, October, 2010 Trip

This old picture from 1920 or so, shows the bottom of the lake with open stopes criss-crossing through it. I'll bet there is some pretty good high-grade laying around there yet under all that water!

Recent Activities -Cobalt, October, 2010 Trip

Kerr Lake was lowered by eight feet, in 1907, in order to best locate the Crown Reserve Mine shaft. In 1913, the miners decided to totally drain the lake of water and sediments to safely and eficiently mine the veins that lay underneath it. Here is the location of the capped shaft, by the side of the present lake and an old cage has been located right beside it for effect. You can see the foundation for one of the headframe braces in the foreground.

Recent Activities -Cobalt, October, 2010 Trip

From 1915-1917, a total of 600,000,000 gallons of water and silt were removed from Kerr Lake. In 1955, it was allowed to fill to its current level.

Recent Activities -Cobalt, October, 2010 Trip

Here is a picture of the old Crown Reserve hoist drum with cable still attached.

Recent Activities -Cobalt, October, 2010 Trip

There is still a lot of waste rock at the Keeley Mine site. Here is a picture of yours truly up on the dump using my metal detector. We did find some interesting pieces here. Hard work, though. The visit report continues on "Page Two".

Recent Activities -Cobalt, October, 2010 Trip

The silver veins in and around Kerr Lake were prolific sources of native silver in the heyday of the Cobalt Camp. You can still find chunks of silver and arsenides around the shore of the lake, particularly if you have a metal detector. This picture shows my friend Roger Smirle trying to detect metals along the shore.

Recent Activities -Cobalt, October, 2010 Trip

Same with the old Lawson Mine headframe and shafthouse. It has rotted badly and will soon fall over.

Recent Activities -Cobalt, October, 2010 Trip

These mines wre not large. As Roger is demonstrating, you would be hard-pressed to fit eight men in the cage.

Recent Activities -Cobalt, October, 2010 Trip

If you drive between Cobalt and Haileybury, you will see the sign for the road to Silver Centre in the Lorrain Valley (South Lorrain Township). In the heyday of Cobalt, Silver Centre was a bustling town serving the Keeley, Frontier, Trout Lake and Wetlauffer Mine, amongst others. Today, Silver Centre is a ghost town with very little evidence that it actually existed. Nice of them to keep the sign up all these years considering there is no town at Silver Centre any more!

Recent Activities -Cobalt, October, 2010 Trip

The old Silverfields Mine headframe is starting to look a little worse for wear. I'm afraid that it will fall down any time now. Such a shame for this monument to a great silver mine to go this way.

Recent Activities -Cobalt, October, 2010 Trip

We had perfect weather for our trip to "Silver Centre". Actually, we did visit and collect at the Keeley and Wetlauffer Mines. This picture shows you some of the very nice fall scenery in South Lorrain Township.

Recent Activities -Cobalt, October, 2010 Trip

We do run across wildlife on occasion. Lots of painted turtles in the area. Here is one checking me out!