LaSalle Mine

“The LaSalle Mine begin its life in 1880 as the Tecumseh, a struggling mine south of Osceola that made several failed attempts to mine both the Calumet and Osceola lodes. The mine’s prospects incredibly brightened with its effort at the Kearsarge Lode, where it sunk two shafts near the turn of the century. In 1906 the company re-organized as the LaSalle, a company that also acquired the Caldwell mine to its south. Several years later the new company was bought up by the C&H, which would go on to utilize the property for another decade. The mine closed for good in 1920.”

The Caldwell (p3)

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It didn’t take us long to find the Caldwell’s Hoist house, as it was just a few feet from the boiler house ruins we had just explored. As would be expected the hoist foundation was a bit more substantial in almost every way, especially in the terms of the size …

The Caldwell (p2)

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Knowing the location of the Caldwell’s No.1 shaft – otherwise known as the LaSalle No.5 – we had a pretty good idea as to were to find the rest of its surface plant. Making our job easier was an old overgrown road that led us directly to our destination- marked …

The Caldwell (p1)

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The success of the C&H Mine atop the Calumet Conglomerate attracted a great deal of attention as well as the interest of numerous investors hoping to cash in on the lode’s apparent riches. This meant the lands to the south and north of C&H became very desirable real estate, and …

One Last Look…

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The LaSalle No.1 Rock House – which we didn’t find Unfortunately there was not a large amount of ruins left at LaSalle No.1, so our exploration of that shaft was short lived. From there we headed out across the rock field in search for the old Mineral Range grade that …

Slivers of LaSalle No.1

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LaSalle No.1 – otherwise known as Tecumseh No.1 – sits about 1800 feet north of the No.2. While there was once a spur of the Mineral Range railroad connecting the two mines, its old grade had been obliterated by whoever bulldozed the No.2’s rock pile. Instead we took a stroll …

LaSalle No.2 – the Leftovers

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Before moving on from our exploration of LaSalle No.2 we’ll take one last look at some of the odd’s and ends we found along the way. These are ruins and remnants that were not substantial enough by themselves to warrant their own post, but were significant enough to mention. Consider …

The No.2 Boiler

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While it may of been true that the current hoist foundation we found at LaSalle No.2 was an electric model, it was also apparent with the discovery of these next set of ruins that the old No.2 was once served by a classic steam model as well. It was just …

What Was Once Tecumseh No.2

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LaSalle No.2, previously known as Tecumseh No.2 The LaSalle Mine was a combination of two older mines – the Tecumseh and the Caldwell – that had simply taken those older shafts as its own (with some new numbering). The LaSalle held a total of 4 shafts, two on the Tecumseh …

The LaSalle Powder House

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The LaSalle Mine begin its life in 1880 as the Tecumseh, a struggling mine south of Osceola that made several failed attempts to mine both the Calumet and Osceola lodes. The mine’s prospects incredibly brightened with its effort at the Kearsarge Lode, where it sunk two shafts near the turn …