Saturday, June 7, 2014

Tyranite town site

 About a week ago John Ford took me to the Tyranite mine town site beyond the locked gate and numerous signs to stay out. We were there to photograph some of the old remains of houses that date back to the early 30's.
 Back then the same L. O. Hedlund of the Hedland marsh that I have photographed many times had staked 6 claims in 1930.  Shortly afterward he optioned off the claims to others, many took up the cause of finding a gold mine for several years. Finally in 1936 the Tyranite Gold Mines Ltd. began the work of sinking a shaft. Finding gold and working the mine from 1939 to 1942. By this time the directors of the mine reached the conclusion that this mine should discontinue operations for the duration of the war. They recovered over a million dollars of gold and planned after the war to resume operations which never happened. The mine has had many interests over the years and to this day is still active.
 These pictures are some of the remains left standing or otherwise of the townsite where the workers and families lived.


BJ said...

Photo of the old vehicle is very cool

Face said...

Old truck STILL there ....

Been years since I was there - back before they tore out the old mine stuff. Those giant redwood tanks and the sluice were awesome.

Was the town below the mine? I'd heard there was a town at the Breeze Creek road and old 560 area. Never found anything there to support it though.

c172215s said...

Amazed that stuff is still standing. Last time I explored the old town you could still find the streets and follow them on motorcycle. 76-77 maybe. Last time I was there was in 96 and, yeah, we went past the gate and signs although there are probably more now that Temex owns it. There was a store across 560 from the access rd in the late 40's My dad first got acquainted with Albert Decker when he was the caretaker there. Sure appreciate your blog. Miss the place. Spent 3mo/yr there from 1965 until about 1980. My dad even flew for Longpoint for a few years in the early 70s. Cheers.