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THE SUMPTER MINER.
Wednesday, November 8, 1899
CRACKER CREEK MINES
RECENT DEVELOPMENT WORK
EXPLODES AN OLD THEORY.
Big antral Lode Doc Not Rob Parallel
Veins Half Down Ledges Carry Good
Values on the Surface District Em
braces a Half Down Miles Square.
The town of Bourne Is the cnplt.il of
Cracker Creek, and promises to be the
" IJenver" of the surrounding section of
country. Although It has not advanced
with rapid strides, the past year, owing to
local cau.c.s, it is still alive, and will put
on metropolitan airs next season, if all
signs do not fall. Heal estate has not
boomed lately, though there are shrewd
men of meansplcking up snaps in that line,
who e.xprct big returns from their Invest
ments ere long. There are two stage
lines terminating here, two hotels, two
stores, three saloons and a healthy and
moderately prosperous population. While
residents are not given to booming their
town, they do have the most implicit
lalth in the mines and the mining outlook
of the district. The rapid strides of
Sumpter hi growtli and progress just par
alyzes the oldest inhabitant here, and he
docs not hesitate to assert that in n few
years he will be a near neighbor to a
thriving, bustling city at Sumpter.
Cracker Creek district and Its sur
roundings will, In a few years have mines
and population sulticlent to support a city
of ten thousand inhabitants here and at
Sumpter, If present indications and this
season's developments arc any indication.
I he outside world knows something
about the developed mines hereabouts,
but they have no conception of the possi
bilities of the future. The North Pole,
the I:, it I:., the Columbia and the Gol
cuud.i are practically only prospects as
ct. I'hey have only reached prospect
depths, but every foot downward shows
Improvement, both in sl.e of ledge and
quality of ore. Shafts are now being ex
tended deeper on three of them. It is im
possible to tell what a thousand feet will
show. At all events, owners and man
agers see n bright future hi store. The
mines have been operated by owners for
legitimate development and not for specu
lation, and being private corporations,
they have quietly pursued development
work and kept results to themselves.
Hence the district has not been advertised
and nothing approaching a boom has been
apparent. Development hi other parts
of the district this season, however, has
laid the foundation tor gre.it activity in
the near tiiture.
There lias been a current belief for
years mat all values Hereabouts are con
lined to what is known as the E. I:,
lode. It was asserted, and by many be
lieved, that the big central lode robbed all
parallel veins of their vali e, and In con
sequence prospecting on numerous other
veins has been carried on only in a desul
tory maimer; locators altera little work,
allowing their claims to lapse for want of
This season's work has exploded the
theory. The rock found in several claln.s
on what is known as the "Ohio," a par
allel vein, some thousand or uftccn hun
dred feet north ol the central lode, has
proven that rich rock is not confined to
the ledge upon which the big developed
mines are located. The Kree Coinage,
or Hard Scrabble group, is yielding high
grade ore. The Ohio has also shown
iirst-class prospects, and so has the Fox,
or Summit claims. In the Climax, on the
Mime lead, very rich rock has been known
to exist for some time.
South of the E. li E. mine, a distance
of 2000 feet, more or less, Is another large
lode, on which two claim have been par
tially opened this summer, that are show
log up handsomely. They are the Little
Cracker and Ellis and Tape mines.
Good judges affirm that they bid fair to
make very valuable mines. That makes
two ledges, one on each skle of the cen
tral ledge, that have not been "robbed,"
and they are In close proximity to the
Still further north there has been quite
extensive prospecting done on large
ledges, the rock from the surface of which'
assays as well as from the surface of the
These Instances and others that might
be mentioned have established a confidence
hi the district at large that has never be-1
fore existed, and presages an activity In
the development work next season hith
erto unknown. By reference to Phil
brick's map of this Immediate section,
it will be observed that these parallel
veins are continuous for miles, and do not
merge into each other. They plough
their way independently through mount
ain and canyon and are diverged by no
Toward the south side of the district is
a ledge varying from ten to eight feet in
width, which can be traced by the crop
pings for miles, which has scarcely been'
chafed with pick or shovel the whole dis
tance, notwithstanding the rock Is o! a
lively character and assays prove It car
ries low values. North of it runs the
Utile Cracker ledge, then the E. & E.
ledge, then the Ohio system, and still
further north are two other leads of great
width, all being comparatively about the
same distance between each other. They
run parallel and are separate and distinct.
As It has been proven that these out
side ledges carry values on the surface as
good as the central lode, and as they ex
tend from northeast to southwest for
miles, It can be seen what a field there Is
opened for the operation of capital in de
velopment. The peculiarity of the district as shown
by development, Is that the main ledges
are large, are low grade on the surface
and Improve with depth. The average
assays from the best on the surface show
from tvo to four dollars per ton, rarely
exceeding live dollars. As there must be
numerous smaller ledges scattered be
tween the larger ones, and which are
blind on account of the depth of the soil,
it can readily be conjectured what such a
held, embracing a territory from four to
live miles in width and as many in length,
may bring fortli in time to come.
B. J. Watson.
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lion at TBI: MlNI-H office.
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