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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 97, August 21, 1853

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Identifier: DX04026671

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 97, August 21, 1853

Description: Describes arriving at Michipoten Island in Lake Superior on the steamboat, Sam Ward, and visiting a copper mine.


man. Deers ta’en in the snow, their sharp hoofs penetrating, and men chasing ‘em in show-shoes, throat cutting the result. Porcupines caught and esteemed by miners delicate eating, like pork, albeit a grass eating animal. Miners Cornish men, Germans and French, get paid according to their work. / At 1 1/2 reached Michipicoten Island, nigh the north east shore of the Lake. Some eighteen miles in length, huge tree covered mountains rising to a height of 700 feet, rocky everywhere. Folks ashore, and owing to missing boats in two several occasions, I did not go this time, but remained aboard in no very good temper for two good hours, at the expiration of which time the stragglers were got aboard, with damaged boot soles from rock rambling & no agates. On coasting beside the island for some miles, then general disembarkation at about 5. Three or four huts, and adjacent the shaft of a silver and copper mine, After pumping a supply of air below, I with others descend a perpendicular and very dirty ladder for 60 feet, adown the shaft, a strange misty light from the opening above. At the bottom a lighted candle stuck in the rock. A steep, narrow passage winding onwards, two miners with picks and us visitors. Ascent, and rambling about, getting specimens of minerals &c, listening to the Mine Superintendant, who told of a strange amalgamate metal, copper, silver and an unknown metal combined, the identity of which puzzled him. Specimens given. Rambling to the huts, and agate purchasing by many. A sturdy miner, communicative bade us walk on to where, by the lake side, we spy an Indian council, bark

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-08-21

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Great Lakes (North America)
Mineral industries
Indians of North America
Superior, Lake
Snowshoes and snowshoeing
Michipicoten Island (Ont.)


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