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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (June 13, 1900)
THE SUMPTER MINER.
Wednesday, June 13, 1900
OREGON GOLD MINES
Era of Scientific Development
1 After ninny years of experiment, gold
mining In Oregon has settled down to
development on ;i large scale. Unltl ;i
comparatively recent date our progress
was discouraglngly slow. Many factors
contributed tn this condition. It was
loan contended, even by inlniUK engineers
of repute, that the ore bodies of Eastern
Oregon lacked depth, and that, if thev
attained it, they carried no profitable
values. Seven or eight years ago, when
a period of exploitation seemed about to
begin, the linaiici.il crash came and in
vestors were scared away from the I'.icilic
co.ist. Simultaneously, rich discoveries
followed in Colorado, and engrossed the
attention' of mining men, and (lie eastern
Oregon gold belt was left to Itself. '1 he
Investigations of engineers and the devel
opment work of the past four years have
demonstrated beyond doubt that In east
ern Oiegon are the largest .'"id rkliest
gold fields in the world. It has been '
proved that the ore bodies go down, and
that profitable mining can be done at a
depth of 2000 or jsoo feet, and probably
3000 feet. Values increase, not decrease,
with depth. In the big ptoperlles, every
loo feet of sinking adds 30 percent to the 1
value of the rock.
I be great size of the miiieralied conn- I
try and the extent and rkhness of Its ore
bodies being demonstrated, abuud nit I
capital has become available in Europe!
and America, ami development Is pro
ceedlug on approved modern Hue
ti'iinel has done Its work hi defining the
ledges ami the .sh.ilt is being .sent down
ward to reach the high values and block
mittheore. In eastern Oiegon, as well
as In western Oregon, quart mining is
essentially a matter of depth. I he ilili1
values ale deep, below the .joo foot-levels I
ami the line ot oxidization. .Mining on '
this s.ale is not lor the poor man. It ;
Is the task ol capital I o open a propel ty ,
to the degree that will establish its value I
and permanency requires between 550,000 1
and (10,000. I hat monev is obtainable
for this expensive class of work is evi-1
dcikeolthc faith ot capitalists in the
worth of our mines.
While much has been done In the past j
ami Mill more will Pe done tills year,
Oregon has not yet arrived at the dignity
of a mining state, except that hi a single
the attention they merit. 1 hey can no
longer be passed over for Klondike, Cape
Nome, Casslar, Atlln, British Columbia
or some other locality possessing the
charm of distance. An era of develop
ment has begun in Oregon, and our
mines will be wealth producers for many
generations. Portland Mining Review.
SUMPTER VALLEY RY'S PLANS
Offieals Return From a Trip Over Rout
of the Proposed Extension
In an interview with C. W. Nibley,
vice-president of the Similiter Vallev I
, railway, he is quoted as saying that his
I company had decided to build this year '
IK miles of extension of their main line to I
! the southwest of Sumpter, Into a body of
their own timber situated just this side of ,
Clifford. The extension will leave the I
! main Hue of the road at Sumpter, cross J
the I'owder river and taking advantage 1
of the elevation gained, will go down that
river a short distance to the iionana
canyon, where a good pass has been J
Mr. Nibley further stated that their
future plans were Indefinite, except that
the company had decided that as fast as ,
the business of tliecountry would warrant
it, whether this year or next year, or in j
five years, they would build through
Prairie City to Canyon City and Hums. 1
Messrs. Jos. A. West, locating engi
neer and Jos. Harton general passenger
agent of the Sumpter Valley Railroad
company returned to Haker City yestcr
from a recouoiteriug trip through the
mountain fastnesses between Sumpter
and Prairie City.
Their trip was In connection with the
extension of the railroad and their work
was not completed on account ol their
(, 1 lack of preparations for the hardships
involved. 1 uey inuiici me worn mucii
harder than they expected, owing to the
wild and rugged country and they re
turned to outfit accordingly. The
country through which they traveled
for three or four days would try the
physical endurance of the must accustom
ed mountaineer and some of the gulches
thev got into seemed Impossible to re
trace their steps from. 'I he mountains
were precipitous and the fallen timber
was an awtul obstruction to progress on
foot or on horseback.
Messrs. West and Harton will again
tackle their job in a few days, but next
time w ith ample camp equipments, pack
horses and guide. Haker City Demo
crat. Free Coinage Down 125 Feet
The l;rec Coinage people, It is reported,
GEO. W. WEIGAND,
A complete stock of Dry Goods, Ladles and Men's Furnishings, Boots,
Shoes, Hats and Clothing.
THE WONDER, BOURNE, OREGON
THE HOWIE FURNISHERS
Parlor, Dining and Red Room Furniture In sets or separate pieces.
Beautiful line of Carpets, Linoleum and Mattings. Come in and let
us explain why you can save money by buying at home.
We can positively Jo so.
Opera house Block - Sumpter, Oregon
A. P. GOSS, President
A. J. GOSS, Cashier
S Bank of Sumpter 3
Tunnels Ctneiil Binhinf Bailnm
Drafts drawn on all parts of tin- world. Special attention to collections.
Safety Deposit boxes for rent.
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.tii-i-111.11 11 U.I-. .iii iiiiiii'i.u n-MHmr:.. , ,;ive niilsiied placing tlielr maciilnerv In
It Is development that makes mines, and j position and commenced deep sinking
w e are now developing. I he w ork that operations. Thev exnect to reach the 1
makes mines remains practically undone.
We ate scratching the Mil (.ice preparatory
to the great task in store. I he quart
foot level bv June 15. After cross-cutting
the ledge they will drive through the
main ore chute at this level hi order to
properties in Oiegon that can be classed jeveou fully the loo-level. It is the in
as mines mav be c united on the lingers te,lUm of ,)r ownn f this property to
01 ones nanus, .j lie uoiunuua, uie isortli ainlinue sinking to the soo-loot level,!
Pole, IheGolconda, the Red Hoy and the , cuIiir a station at each loo-toot level, I
Honaua, in eastern Oregon, ate of the .,j j0K ,,e necessary tunneling work
lew that h i e attained any considerable 1 ,0 ,,e ,,,, t,e rt. WsiV!t, Should no mi
depth.aiidlheyareairangingtogodeeper. expected difficulties he met with in the I
Alltheothrisnre in the Initial stage of progress ol the present deep sinking and
develonient. Contrasted with Colorado, ' tunneling plans, the Free Coinage people I
we do not cut iiiucli liguie as a mining wi install a 20-stamp mill on this prop-1
community. I I1.1t state has sixtveight erty the latter part of the present year,
properties whUh the l-.ngiueeriugand Mill- under the personal supeiiutendency ol
lug Journal lists as dividend-paying Ml. I:. Cannon, one of the owners, ol
mines, and the dMdends thev haxe paid ,nland, and Mr. W. A. Ihacther, the,
to date amount to oer fu.ooo.ooo. , superintendent. New ore recently brought
West ot the Rockv mountains, Including tl, ,,r MlrlUe shows high values.
Alaska, there aie less than a dozen ... ....
dividend payers. I I.I, i-. partly due tu WANUIV-An extra good and capable
the fact that many of our principal en-' w,k ,0 ""'""Pany 1 P "' ? N- ,
terprisesare privately owned and are not ,0 tniRade encampi.ie.it at Salem. All
li.iiispuiiiiiiuii imici, .iiici .111 iiccc:.iiic:
furnished, Including assistance to cook tor
tifty men. Apply by letter onlv, stating '
experience and salarv, to the Secretary,
Troop "H", O. N. G., Sumpter.
The City Green house, at Haker City, I
stocked, and consequently make no state
iiients ol their proiits. 1
The satisfactory element In the present
situation Is that our mineral resoures east
and west of the Cascades have been
proved to be worthy of iuvetmeiits and
they are at last receiving from capitalists ! furnishes choice cut (lowers.
During the next jo days everv
new subscriber to Tm; MINER who
pays S-i.oo for one year's subscrip
tion in advance will be given one
assay for gold of any rock he mav
bring in, Fkkk of Changi-