I took pictures this weekend of the abandoned mine area, Treadwell.
Treadwell is in Alaska, on Douglas Island. Below are State archive pics of people, the mine and the community - and below that, my pics of the area today.
Treadwell was a thriving community, filled with miners and their families and company folk. No-one got rich but the company, it seems. And as typical, the company sold the workers the goods they lived off from the company store so, the workers were certainly dependent on the comany for every need. BUT - they made a decent living, I suspect and probably most fished and hunted and enjoyed the wild of the area.
The mine was loud! This was a stamping mine - which means they crushed the boulders and rocks 24 hours, day and night. I don't know how anyone slept. It was said, you could hear it thundering for miles.
A close up of the Treadwell Glory Hole, ca. 1910.
"Well dressed men and women standing in front of Assay Office, a sign on which reads, Assay Office -- Posively No Admittance" Creator - Case, W. H. (William Howard), 1868-1920
The large piece of metal is probably 7 or 8 inches across on each side and was many feet long. There are remnants all over the ground, growing out of the ground and even growing out of trees. Some of the trees with metal coming out of them were obviously just saplings when the equipment was left to rot.
Will post more later :) Have a wonderful evening!