MinesNorth American Mine

Hidden (p2)

Standing next to the smokestack sat another centuries old ruin – this one the boiler house that once fed it

Sitting directly next door to the 150 year old smokestack, sat a 150 year old free standing wall also made from poor rock. This was part of a larger ruin – a foundation of what was most likely a boiler house. The wall in front of us was a good couple feet above our heads, the corner sitting at a well defined 90 degree angle. It looked as if it might have been built just last week, and not by men using primitive tools over a century and a half ago. (View Panoramic)

Directly next to the smokestack was a large hole. This once was the flu opening, since there were remnants on its edges of the semi-circle brick opening that also exists in the smokestack. The brick arch had long collapsed, taking a good chunk of the wall above it. Now we ducked through easily, entering the inside of the ruin.

the flu opening in the boiler house foundation, lined with bricks and partially collapsed

The building was not very wide, perhaps only a dozen feet or so. There was a raised platform on one side, but we couldn’t tell if it was built that way or it was just a natural raise in the ground. The building was long, however, probably a good 30 feet or more. On the far end the wall was broken again. This time, however, it seemed to have been near an old doorway. Beyond the opening sat another poor rock wall.

a close up view of the inside wall, showing the mortar between the rocks

the inside walls of the ruin, looking down to an old doorway opening

There was a good amount of trees growing inside, and a lot of fallen and dead trees as well littered the ground. The walls rose high above our heads, and there was no evidence of windows or other openings. We were probably standing in a basement, the rest of the building built above our heads. (View Panoramic #2) With nothing else of interest to see, we made our way back out through the opposite end of the ruin.

We looked around for other ruins nearby, but couldn’t find anything. There was most likely more of the North American to discover, but for now we would have to move on and save it for another day (preferably in the spring or summer)

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  1. Be careful where you wander, the North American was all Vertical shafts, and not all of them are known… One I think I found on accident, in the woods closer to cliff drive, its timbered over. Theres also a short adit if you do a little searching.

  2. Joe – Thanks for the warning. We don’t plan on going back until the snow is gone and we can see what we’re walking on. During our first snowshoe trip (before we even knew the North American was around) we had thought we found the old rock pile which was almost grown completely over. We also found what probably was a shaft based on the barb wire fence surrounding it, but we didn’t notice any steam coming from the hole so we weren’t sure. Either way we kept our distance.

  3. Yeah, the rock pile for the shaft at the very base of the hill is barbwired, there is actually two shafts in that general area, they were dozed shut and the rock pile is very grown over. There is a third shaft yet closer to cliff drive hidden in the bushes (kinda in that low swampy ground)… The adit is further north from the barbed wire area, and is very hard to notice (its a crawl on your belly to get in). Theres not much in there, no rail even, a small copper vein is visible in the back and it dead ends a short ways in. There is another loner adit in the area which connects to the workings but I never found any sign of it.

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