Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Chestatee Pyrite/Copper Mines

This is a picture of the rapids in the river close to the huge mine.

This is a current view of one of the old bridges over the Chestatee River at the copper mines.

This is what the mine looks like after 90 years without operation.

Lower Tunnel, 1917. Pyrite mines located near Dahlonega on the Chestatee River.

Lumpkin County, 1915-1917. Copper Mine; pyrite. Eight miles east of Dahlonega.
Ga dept. of archives and history

Lumpkin County, about 1917. Copper mine; houses for workers in mine cottages. About eight miles east of Dahlonega; Chestatee River.
Ga dept. of archives and history

Lumpkin County, about 1917. Copper mine, very active during war. Bank of Chestatee River. Built up during World War I. About eight miles east of Dahlonega, Route 52.
Ga dept. of archives and history

Lumpkin County, ca. 1917. Copper mine. About eight miles east of Dahlonega, Route 52, Chestatee River.
Ga dept. of archives and history

Lumpkin County. Copper mine; eight miles east of Dahlonega.
Ga department of archives and history

Lumpkin County, ca. 1917. Copper mine; eight miles east of Dahlonega.
Ga department of archives and history

Lumpkin County, about 1917. Copper mine; eight miles east of Dahlonega.
Ga department of archives and history
Lumpkin County, about 1917. Copper mine; eight miles east of Dahlonega.
Ga department of archives and history
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Findley Mining and Lockhart Mining
Stamps that crushed the ore to be melted.

Stamps that crushed the ore to be melted down.

steam engine

current picture of other machinery at Findley
(also an older picture below)

a current picture of a steam engine
(picture from 1970 below)
The exit to the mine pictured below.

one of the entrances to what I believe is the famous Findley chute. It leads very far into the ground and is full of water at one area. Near the middle of this tunnel is a vertical shaft. (pictured below)

another entrance to what I believe is the famous Findley chute.

almost a 100 foot deep vertical shaft going down into a long tunnel. this leads to my favorite mine shaft.

another photo of the vertical shaft.

mouth of tunnel at Findley
a small tunnel at Findley with a very big quarts vein, where gold is found.

remaining concrete structures at Findley

a remaining concrete foundation at Findley

a huge cut out of the mountain because of hydraulic mining
This historic marker marks the famous Findley ridge where as much as 35,000,000 in gold was taken during mining operation. The marker is located next to a shell gas station atop crown mt. in Dahlonega

Photograph of stamp plates with crushed ore at lockhart.

Digital Library of Georgia A man and a woman stand in front of milling stamps holding large leaves.
A man feeds rocks into the dies at the base of the Lockhart Mill stamp to be pulverized.
Digital Library of Georgia


Photograph of the stamp used to crush large rocks removed from the Lockhart Mine.
Digital Library of Georgia

Photograph of a man building the Findley Mill, showing wood frame and sheet metal construction.
Photograph of Findley Mill showing sheet metal construction and stamps in 1938.

Photograph of Findley Mill in1939, possibly on the O'Kane property. Several men pose in front of and within the sheet metal structure under construction.
Photograph of an ore bin at the Findley Mine, 1938, featuring a man sitting on a large wooden wheel.
Digital library of Georgia

Photograph of Findley Mill under construction, showing stamps, in 1938.
Digital Library of Georgia
Lumpkin County, 1970. Steam engine; Big Findley Mine, one mile southeast of Dahlonega
Ga department of archives and history
Lumpkin County, 1899. Findley cut on left going out of town toward Gainesville about one mile from Dahlonega.
Ga department of archives and history

Calhoun Gold Mine

picture of the mill at Calhoun
picture of the old mill at Calhoun

Te lower entrance to the mine

Lumpkin County, 1913. Calhoun Stamp Mill; three miles southeast of Dahlonega.
Ga department of archives and history
This is a picture of one of the entrances to the mine. (1955)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7b/CalhounMine.jpg/300px-CalhounMine.jpg

This sign marks the general location of the famous Calhoun Gold Mine close to where Benjamin Parks discovered gold in 1828. You can view this marker on GA highway 60 near Dahlonega.