Marmora and Lake, Ontario Canada

Looking up from inside a lower level of the Marmora Mine Pit…no where near the bottom though, wich is full of water…400 feet deep!

Marmora is located between the towns of Madoc and Havelock along highway 7 in Hastings County. The name Marmora is taken from the Latin word for “marble”

The area was known for it’s rich iron content and mining operations began as early as the 1820’s to extract this mineral. Today you will find the remains of the water powerd refinery along the eastern bank of the Crowe River while the northern bank of the Crowe held the richest ore deposits.

At this time, the area was home to as many as two dozen mines. Perhaps the most successful of the mines was that of the Marmoraton which opened in 1955. The Marmoraton was owned by Bethlehem Steel Mills of New York and exported iron ore pellets.

In 1953, before the Marmoraton could open, engineers first had to blast through 120 feet of limestone before reaching the high grade ore underneath. Once blasted out, the open pit mine measured approximately 1700 feet by 1200 feet and reached 600 feet deep.
The mine employed some 300 men who worked to fill the 30 to 50 railway cars daily for transport south to Picton port where it was loaded onto boats. This mine produced 520,000 tons of pellets annually. When the mine closed in 1979, it had mined almost 1.3 million tons of iron ore.

Over time, underground streams and rainfall have slowly filled two thirds of the mine with water, so much that is now officially classified as a lake. There are still many of the buildings left around the site, decaying and falling apart. The ghosts of history are every where here. There are fish in the pit now, how they got there is uncertain, maybe from the underground streams and through human hands.

The water changes from many wonderfull shades of blue depending on the water levels and amounts of rainfall.


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  • Craig Blanchard
    Craig Blanchardover 4 years ago

    Excellent photograph, Tracy!

  • Thanks so much Craig!! ;]

    – Tracy Faught

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzover 4 years ago

    beautiful scenery… nicely done…

  • Thank you very much George!! Thanks for having a look!! :]

    – Tracy Faught

  • Pam Moore
    Pam Mooreover 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot and nice reflection Tracy!

  • Thank you so much Pam!! ;]

    – Tracy Faught

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 4 years ago

    wow,,,,,,,,the depth of the water scares me. I would never be able to stand at the edge and look over,,,,,,,,,,gorgeous composition hon. Have to look for this next time we are in ON. (from a distance, lol)

  • Actualy my friend, we are standing at the edge of the water here…its a gradual decline down….its up on the top were you would,feel rather woosy…
    thanks my dear!! x ;]

    – Tracy Faught

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago

    wonderful image

  • Thanks Scott!! ;]

    – Tracy Faught

  • Finbarr Reilly
    Finbarr Reillyover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture Tracy. ;)

  • Thank you very much Fino! :]

    – Tracy Faught

  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekover 4 years ago

    Nice shot, Tracy !
    The limestone gives the image a nice, warm glow. ;)

  • Thank you Stan!! I was loving that light…the sun was gouing down…


    – Tracy Faught

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 4 years ago

    wonderful shot Tracy

  • Thank you very much Tina!! :]

    – Tracy Faught

  • maxy
    maxyover 4 years ago

    This is so interesting! Love the way you have the angle looking around and up to the structure. Gorgeous work!!! Outstanding catch! xoxo!

  • Thank you so very much dear friend!! It was really cool to be down in the pit looking up!! :]

    – Tracy Faught

  • Erhan OZBIYIK
    Erhan OZBIYIKover 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot with reflections and colors !! :)

  • Thank you so very much Erhan!! :]

    – Tracy Faught

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