Walking out on the sands at Copper Falls quickly became a surreal experience. The sands spread outwards in all directions, drifting off into the forest surrounding us. These sands were more coarse and darker then the sand found at the Mohawk mill. This was probably due to the differences in rock types between the two lodes, as well as the primitive nature of the stamp mill here. While Mohawk was a relatively modern mill (built at the turn of the century) the Copper Falls mill was much older – built around 1860. This 40-year difference in stamp technology was evident in the sands that we now walked.
Soon we found ourselves overlooking a small stream cutting through the center of the sands. This was probably Owl Creek, the same creek used by the mill for water. Somehow it had managed to cut its way through this rocky beach and move on towards the marshland beyond. Its banks and bed were littered with dead tree limbs and trunks – evidence of what once was here before man left the sands in its place. We were sure that a vast marshland once covered the ground here. Year after year the Copper Falls Mill filled the marsh with stamp sands, until before long the marsh was gone.”