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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 92, August 19-20, 1853

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Identifier: DX04114175

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 92, August 19-20, 1853

Description: Regarding visiting an abandoned mine at Prince Bay.


as usual, and pleasant talks. With a young Massachusetts man, well read & intimate with books out of the common way, now settled in Wisconsin. Talk of Western phraseology, and many amusing stories illustrative of it proffered. Bed by 11.

20. Sunday. At Princes Bay. Rose an hour or so before day-break, and stepping forth from my cabin, looked around. We are quietly at anchor in Princes Bay, some twenty yards from shore. Upon it three or four little deserted miners huts are seen, two fires blazing, (kindled by Frisell & Sedgwick who with canoe have already gone ashore,) trees and luxuriant undergrowth around, and verdure covered hills closing the scene. The eastern horizon is flecked with grey clouds, ruddily tinged, though faintly on the lower edges. As I with a party of others put off in the boat from shore, the broad bright disc of the glorious sun rose over the ocean floor, the waters sparkling and leaping in ruddy gold. The moon paling gently away in dim loneliness on the west. A cold, fresh, welcoming breeze blew the day’s reveille. Ashore, spying the inside of the huts, strawberry bushes growing about them, and rush beds within. Rambling along a path betwixt the bushes, dank with dew till arriving at an abandoned silver copper mine & silver mine, all scatter about picking out fragments of beautiful spar and quartz from a heap which lay adjacent. This mine has been worked with considerable no success, and will be again, its owners only leaving it temporarily, being straitened for want of funds & some such [word crossed out] some thousands of pounds being lost by an English company — T’was abandoned 7 years back. A swindle behind. This Mineral Region however of the vast lake holds a California of riches for men who’ve brain and coin to use in mining it. With all its mines &c it has but been scratched over. Return to the Sam Ward, and onwards. And now we, steaming north-east-wards gaze upon many islands, rocky and tree surmounted; far

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-08-19

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Great Lakes (North America)
Mineral industries
Superior, Lake


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