South Kearsarge

The Kearsarge Lode was first discovered by the original Kearsarge Mine – now known as the North Kearsarge – around 1887. While the lode’s namesake was unable to make much out of the find, its neighbor to the south had a bit more luck. This lucky mine was the Wolverine, an operation that would find success atop the Kearsarge for over 30 years. The Wolverine’s success prompted a rush of companies to take their aim at the newly discovered lode. One of those was the Iroquois, a small start up that squatted upon a narrow piece of land squeezed between the Wolverine and Centennial Mines. The Iroquois, however, never got past the exploration stage and was soon abandoned. But the mine would be given a second chance, thanks to the a little company known as the Osceola Mining Company.

The Osceola always considered itself one of the big dogs, in the same league as the C&H and Quincy mines. Towards that end the company looked to expand its influence over as much of the region as it could, a lofty goal that had become more attainable after the discovery of the Kearsarge lode. With the Wolverine’s success being a strong indicator of the new lode’s potential, the Osceola moved in to get its own piece of the pie. By 1900 the company had bought up as much land along the Kearsarge as it could, which at the time encompassed both the original Kearsarge mine and the defunct Iroquois property. The Osceola renamed the two mines as the North and South Kearsarge Mines, each set on either end of the Wolverine property.

The Mine That Was

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South Kearsarge is one of those mines that seems to have faded into history. It’s a little mine that was upstaged by its neighbors in most regards, which is understandable considering the mine’s modest production. But the old Iroquois always had a special place in my heart, due mostly to …

The No.2

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When the old Iroquois property was bought up by Osceola the company had believed that the rich ground would be at the north end of the property, closer to the neighboring Wolverine mine. With this assumption in mind the mine sunk its first shaft at that end and built its …

An Odd Item

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After leaving the South Kearsarge’s compressor house ruins behind, we took a short walk through the surrounding woods to see what else could be discovered. It was during that short walk that we came across this odd and perplexing item… It appeared to be a simple concrete post about six …

The Brick Yard

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When the Osceola started up the South Kearsarge it spared every expense it could with the mine’s surface accommodations. Most of the machinery was recycled from defunct Osceola shafts and the buildings themselves were made of wood. There would be no large stone buildings here as we would find at …

A Trestle Runs Through It?

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Accompanying any hoist is a boiler, a ruin that is always close nearby. Unfortunately most boiler ruins are rather skimpy affairs, with not much surviving to make an easy identification. Lucky for us, however, we would come across something that would make such and identification easy. Remains of a coal …

A Buffalo Connection

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When exploring the South Kearsarge ruins it doesn’t take long before the Osceola’s influence becomes strikingly clear. The most noticeable piece of evidence being the liberal use of Brush brand bricks. We’ve seen these familiar faces at all Osceola properties, including the North Kearsarge. These were apparently the brick of …

The Big Red “H”

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A sinking hoist can only get you so deep, and the No.1 shaft at South Kearsarge would end up reaching over 2800 feet before all was said and done. This required a much larger and more capable hoist then it had previously been afforded, which meant we were bound to …

Along Old Iroquois

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The Kearsarge Lode was first discovered by the original Kearsarge Mine – now known as the North Kearsarge – around 1887. While the lode’s namesake was unable to make much out of the find, its neighbor to the south had a bit more luck. This lucky mine was the Wolverine, …

South of Kearsarge

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a large pile of sandstone at the South Kearsarge Its been a very busy few weeks, and we haven’t gotten out as much to explore the copper country. The result of such scarce exploration has resulted in a scarcity in photos and adventures to tell of here. So to help …