Al's Photography Blog

Al's Photography Blog
Folly Beach, South Carolina

Monday, November 14, 2016

Independence Mill Ruins

Continuing with my series on mining, you may wonder what happens to all the ore that comes out of the mine. In the case of a large mine like the Independence, it's milled and the gold is extracted on-site. All that's left of the milling operation is ruins.
You can go inside the old buildings but in most cases there's not much left.
I still think it makes for some pretty photos.
Of course there are mountainous backdrops wherever you look.
That's all from this mine, but I've got lots more to come from this exploration of the area's mining history. Visit Our World Tuesday to see photos from many other parts of the world.

13 comments:

  1. A great backdrop for those interesting ruins.

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  2. Wow - you stumbled across a lot of history!

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  3. I think next time we visit our CO family, I need to talk them into a mining tour. Bill and I would love it we already know, and I think the kids would too, it would be different from usual for them though.

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  4. Always interesting to see what is left of those extensive mining operations. Will look forward to seeing more.

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  5. They are beautiful photos ~ wondering if something couldn't be developed from the abandoned mines ~ seems like a waster ~ Great shots, though!


    Wishing you a peaceful week ~ ^_^

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  6. It looks like not much earth destruction is visible, i wonder if it is the technology which is better in those areas than here or what! Here we shun mining because mostly of the tailings that affect bodies of water, agricultural lands, and ground water. The forest or natural area destruction is secondary. Or maybe it is different if you have big tracts of land as US is a continent unlike our archipelago.

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  7. It looks like a big place. I love visiting old mine sites and mining camps. It's a shame though, that all over the country when a mine is played out, the owners just leave the mess they made sitting there. Much of it toxic. Very nice photos Al.

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  8. I like the framing in your shots.

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  9. You are covering the important part of history... Good work...

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  10. Yes, it makes for some pretty photos! I have been to places in Arizona where they use to move the mining materials using donkeys. In another place, they made tunnels to move it thru some tracks. The mining world is interesting! #OurWorldTuesday

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  11. I love exploring old ruins. We have quite a few here where we live in Coastal BC. Old logging camps and homesteads can be found in the bush if you know where to look. Fortunately we have a friend who grew up here and know all the best spots. - Margy

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