View single post by Jon Dierksheide
 Posted: Wed Dec 16th, 2020 02:20 pm
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Jon Dierksheide


Joined: Sun May 27th, 2018
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I stumbled across some YouTube videos from abandoned mine explorers.
It's fascinating, at least to me, to see what old mines looked like. 
The rare historic photos don't really capture it.

Diagrams of side views of mines are flat and two dimensional,
and don't capture the twists and turns as they follow the veins. 
There are a few mine maps showing the twisting tunnels on various levels.
I assume if you are interested in the Gilpin Tram, it would interest you, too. 

A video walking through twisted old mine tunnels or open stopes,
gives a really interesting image of what it was like,
and how mines are built and operated, and terminology. 

The only thing missing is that modern videos (like the photos),
use nice bright lights, instead of a single candle.
So you have to imagine hand drilling on the face with a candle,
or pushing an ore cart down the track in the darkness.

I was on a mine tour in the upper peninsula of Michigan,
and they turned off the lights. 
It's hard to imagine the pitch black darkness,
and a single candle would only be slightly better.

Ever wondered what square set timbering really looked like?

This channel is about the best I have found in terms of being easy to follow,
with good camera work and nice descriptions of the geology.

There are a few others.
Some not much better than guys walking through an old mine with a flashlight,
that tend to be jerky and hard to follow. 

Some spend more time on surface structure and mills (if there is anything left),
and equipment, which is interesting as well.

Once you watch a few, YouTube will find you more of the others.


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