Fortunes in the Ground, Cobalt, Porcupine & Kirkland Lake by Michael Barnes
Fortunes in the Ground, Cobalt, Porcupine & Kirkland Lake by Michael Barnes
Fortunes in the Ground, Cobalt, Porcupine & Kirkland Lake by Michael Barnes
Fortunes in the Ground, Cobalt, Porcupine & Kirkland Lake by Michael Barnes
Fortunes in the Ground, Cobalt, Porcupine & Kirkland Lake by Michael Barnes
Fortunes in the Ground, Cobalt, Porcupine & Kirkland Lake by Michael Barnes
Fortunes in the Ground, Cobalt, Porcupine & Kirkland Lake by Michael Barnes
Fortunes in the Ground, Cobalt, Porcupine & Kirkland Lake by Michael Barnes
Fortunes in the Ground, Cobalt, Porcupine & Kirkland Lake by Michael Barnes

Fortunes in the Ground, Cobalt, Porcupine & Kirkland Lake by Michael Barnes

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Fortunes in the Ground, Cobalt, Porcupine & Kirkland Lake by Michael Barnes
 
Fortunes in the Ground, Cobalt, Porcupine & Kirkland Lake by Michael Barnes
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket
263 pages
Copyright 1986
Contents
Introduction9
Silvertown11
Proving a Camp13
The Boom Is In The Air29
Peak and Slow Down61
Gold In The Porcupine85
The Sad Story of Reuben D'Aigle87
The Mine Finders89
Development and Disaster99
Recovery and Surging Ahead123
Steady Production139
Porcupine People159
The Town That Stands On Gold167
A Country Awaiting Development169
Many Finds Make A Camp173
The Gold Camp Struggles To Grow183
Steady Development191
A Combination of Depression and Boom205
After The Peak Years217
Conclusion223
Appendix225
Patron Saint226
Prospecting And Claim Staking229
Geyser In The Bush233
Diamond Driller235
LAC241
Visit The Mining Camps247
Gold And Silver254
A Mining Primer255
Songs Of The Mining Camps257
Selected Bibliography259
Acknowledgements263
FORTUNES IN THE GROUND
Northeastern Ontario was solely the preserve of prospectors, trappers and native people in 1902 when the Temiskaming and Northern Ontario Railway began building from North Bay. When the line reached one hundred miles north, silver was discovered in such rich deposits and quantity that the new town of Cobalt drew people from all over North America and Europe. Within ten years two gold camps were established only a short distance to the north and the region was confirmed as a major producer of precious metals.
This is the story of the three great mining camps of Cobalt, the Porcupine and Kirkland Lake. It not only relates the accounts of the winners and losers in the great discoveries and tells of riches that were won from the earth, but also includes the ordinary people who came and pioneered the north country.
The Appendix gives readers a wide-ranging view of mining life. Next to the story of the patron saint of miners is a description of both underground mining and diamond drilling. There is a travel guide to the area and a background to mining terms. Also included are the songs of the mining camps.
In common with the author's previous book, Link With A Lonely Land, also published by The Boston Mills Press, Fortunes In The Ground is widely illustrated by photographs obtained from archives, museums and pioneers. Several pictures have never appeared before in any publication.

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