Pine Point Mine

Allen Lucas

Marysville, Ontario, Canada

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Another recently found photo that I am adding through a scan of Pine Point, NWT, Canada.

We constructed the haul roads using the waste rock from the open pit mining work. They ranged from 60 to 100 feet wide and to support the 85 and 150 ton trucks were at least 5 feet of rock. Crushed gravel was put on the surface to make it relatively smooth for the haul trucks and the pick-ups used by most.

This photo shows the dragline “Twinkle Toes”, that was stripping the overburden. At the same time the pit was just being brought into operation. This was the first, or one of the first, blasts that created a cut that would serve to make a ramp down at 25 foot benches. Just a note, as this was a sinking cut, those are large rocks, not flaws in the scan you can see if you look closely above the blast. I think this may have been Pit A55, taken in the early 1980’s.

Again, my camera of the day a Minolta XE.

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