Company Plans to Develop Cabinet Mountains Mine
September 2004 by Associated PressA Spokane mining company says it plans to develop a silver and copper mine in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness Area on the Idaho-Montana border.
Like any good prospector, I sampled the bedrock—and am glad I did. I found a half a dozen pieces in the first pan, so I took a second pan. The results were the same.
This second trip down was a challenge. It started in Colfax on the Stevens Trail, where the distance to the river is four miles with an elevation drop of about 1,000 feet.
The town of Liberty is located in the Cascade foothills about 13 miles south of Blewell Pass and northeast of Cle Elum, Washington. Near the confluence of Swauk and Williams Creeks, a road turns east from Highway 97 to the town site. Since the first discovery of gold, placer and lode deposits around Liberty...
For 250 years, the Guanajuato Mining District of Mexico produced 20% of the world's silver. The old colonial city of Guanajuato (pop.100,000) is wedged in a narrow canyon in the Sierra de Guanajuato, at an average elevation of 6,750 feet.
Revett Silver Company, formerly Sterling Mining Company, hopes to reopen a dormant copper and silver mine near Troy, Montana, in the next six months because higher copper prices have made the operation practical, an executive said.
I had been looking forward to this trip since last year when the annual trip had rewarded me with a ¾-pennyweight nugget.
...there was much speculation about what happened to Yankee Jim after he sold his claims and moved away. Rumors had it that he was involved in many underhanded activities, including arson at several different town sites.
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