This is exactly as titled: the way the mine was held open for the miners to gain entry. It didn’t look all that reassuring to me but I haven’t been exposed to an all-wood mine. Anyway, this is over 150 years after the mine opened and the rusty set of cross-hatched handywork was put into place yet it’s still working just fine.

The pipe was either a water pipe (constantly pulling the ground table’s water out of the tunnels) or an air pipe (supplying the miners air and/or removing dust).The other metal you see is the hand rails for tourists to use the steps to a landing that overlooks the main tunnel. Neither was there for the miners.


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  • Jonathan Dower
    Jonathan Doweralmost 6 years ago

    wow… amazing rusty texture. Great shot- nice and grim.

  • Thanks. I was able to touch some of the ironworks and it was obviously heavily rusted but incredibly firm: no flakes, no pitting, nothing. Whatever these builders did in the ironworks portion of the mine was masterful.

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • E.R. Bazor
    E.R. Bazoralmost 5 years ago

    Great capture with a great write up.

  • Thanks and thanks!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

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