Trimountain Mine

Within the Castle Walls (p1)

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After taking a long loop around the outside of the hoist building’s towering walls we were confronted with a particularly interesting challenge – getting inside. While the foundation featured several small openings at ground level ...

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Standing Tall

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Though we’ve been to the Trimountain several times before, we had never previously made it to the mine’s northern reaches and the No.4 shaft. After the discovery of the No.3’s massive engine and boiler complex ...

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In the Arcadian Style

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As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the Trimountain Mine outfitted its shafts with structures and equipment acquired from the defunct Arcadian property. These items included three almost brand spanking new shaft / rock houses, which ...

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The Many Faces of the No.2

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We had discussed earlier the oddities of Trimountain’s No.2 rock house, a building whose ruins spoke of a structure of much different configuration then the one the Sanborn maps describe. The overview map included with ...

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Even More Foundations

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With the compressor house ruins now behind us we had succeeded in exploring the majority of the Trimountain No.2’s surface plant; a collection that included the rock house, boiler house, hoist house, and the recently ...

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Even More Ruins

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The amount of ruins to be found at the old Trimountain No.2 site is a bit baffling, though in honesty the amount of old structures here is not substantially greater then other sites. It’s just ...

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Under a Canopy of Yellow

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Leaving the sandstone and brick embellished hoist foundation behind, we headed across the old roadway at the Trimountain No.2 to a ruin of a slightly different make. Instead of the calico draped foundations found earlier ...

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One More Look

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We’ve been here several times before, featuring this particular hoist two times here on the pages of CCE. Its a beauty, built in a refined old school style that utilized such classical touches as sandstone ...

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A Shaft House’s Remains

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Like many mines, the Trimountain utilized a combo shaft / rock house for their shafts. These buildings combined a stand alone shaft house – a building that traditionally only served to protect the shaft entrance ...

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A Mine at Three Mountains

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The southern range’s first copper exploit was an ill fated attempt made along the base of Whealkate Mountain, one of several peaks rising high above the neighboring Portage Valley. That attempt ultimately failed, and it ...

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A Den of Steam Engines…

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Trimountain No. 3 – the ruins of which we were currently exploring – had an interesting layout for its surface plant. Instead of a collection of individual buildings housing the mine’s compressors, hoist and boilers; ...

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A Lone Stack

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Making our way back uphill to the No.2 surface plant (which we have visited previously HERE), we decided to once again climb its massive rock pile and take a look around. From the top we ...

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A Short Trestle

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Leaving the boiler house remains behind, we took a stroll through the forest in search of the old rail bed that we initially used to find this shaft location. It wasn’t long until we found ...

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Arches and Sandstone

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A hoist was simply a tool. The building which housed it – shelter. The existence of both were strictly functional, their purpose was simply to make money for the company. The hoist and its house ...

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Trimountain No.1

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Of all the mines that had sunk shafts into the great Baltic Lode, the Trimountain could be considered the ugly ducking of the bunch. Besieged by mismanagement and difficult geography the mine was never able ...

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Powderhouse in the Woods

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Man’s pursuit of the Earth’s mineral riches is yet another violent expression of his dominion over the natural world – practiced with the destructive force of explosives. With these powerful weapons we’re able to extend ...

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A Collection of Ruins

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The Trimountain as it looked during operation, a more expansive surface plant then we were originally prepared for As we branch out our exploration away from the hoist and shaft ruins, we quickly discovered that ...

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One Frosty Morning

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a rare trip to the south range While circumstances continue to keep us from exploring, I’ll take another trip to the archives for today’s post. I have had many requests to feature more sights from ...

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