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Near Cobalt in Timiskaming County, Ontario — Central Canada
 

Nipissing Vein No. 96

 
 
Nipissing Vein No. 96 Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, circa May 1, 1996
1. Nipissing Vein No. 96 Marker
Inscription. The deep gash in this hillside is all that remains of silver vein No. 96. The vein was originally discovered in 1908 by the Nipissing Mining Company Limited using an exploration method called trenching. Trenches are simply shallow channels dug down through loosely consolidated soil to bedrock in the search for minerals. This technique still remains one of the cheapest and most cost-effective methods of exploration today.

The vein was originally “stoped”, or mined upwards from the adit level observed at the previous site and was intersected again on the two lower levels. The open cut, at surface, extends for a length of 142m and reaches a depth of 75m in places. Snow and ice collect during the winter months at the base of the cut and usually remain until the middle of August. These accumulations of ice produce the cool draft which blows out of the adit at the previous site.

Between 1908 and 1932, the Nipissing Mining Company Limited produced a total of 85,700,000 ounces of silver from all their area properties, representing a 1986 value of $581,400,000. This vein was not a major producer for the company but it was one of the largest mined.
 
Location. 47° 22.996′ N, 79° 41.205′ W. Marker is near Cobalt, Ontario, in Timiskaming
Nipissing Vein No. 96 Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, circa May 1, 1996
2. Nipissing Vein No. 96 Marker
Panorama of two photos showing the marker's location near a shed and the mine headframe (tower).
County. Marker can be reached from Coleman Road 0.2 kilometers south of Nipissing Road when traveling south. Click for map. The marker is reached by an access road leading west off Coleman Road. Follow the access road 0.2 km to reach the parking area where the the marker, mine headframe and trench are located. Marker is in this post office area: Cobalt, Ontario P0J 1C0, Canada.
 
Regarding Nipissing Vein No. 96. Be careful here, especially with children and pets. There are very deep, narrow trenches and the site is isolated.
 
Additional keywords. Cobalt
 
Categories. Man-Made Features
 
Nipissing Vein No. 96 image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, circa May 1, 1996
3. Nipissing Vein No. 96
The deep trench which was mined for its silver.
Town of Cobalt from vicinity of the mine trenches. image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, circa May 1, 1996
4. Town of Cobalt from vicinity of the mine trenches.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This page has been viewed 554 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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