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Old Mines

Deep in the wilderness of Herkimer County are hidden ruins such as this mine site. I used to imagine a hole going in horizontally into a mountain, but no. The mine area is a cluster of deep pits and trenches filled with water. I read the shafts descend 150 feet. There are ruins of old buildings and mansions everywhere around the site. Old Railroad lines snaking around the area with sections completely obliterated. The forest is retaking the land. Satellite pictures on Google show that the area has been made completely obscure by the forest canopy. There is almost no evidence of it.

I will not reveal it's exact location. The site is on state property, however it's surrounded by private land. There are only a few access points and it's a maze of logging and snowmobile trails. It's also a dangerous area. You don't want to fall in or get lost here. You don't want to tick off the surrounding land owners either. They could seize the routes in. All I can say is that it's north of the Mohawk south of the blue line.

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msteere says ... on Wednesday, Jun 23 at 1:49 PM

I felt a small tremor in Dolgeville around 1:45pm 6/23/10

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Chief of S and S says ... on Monday, Jun 28 at 11:41 PM

nice article very well put and i have been to this place. If has long been forgotten

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msteere says ... on Tuesday, Jun 29 at 2:57 PM

Thanks Justin

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tomloughlinjr says ... on Thursday, Sep 16 at 11:57 PM

Thanks for your responsible reporting, especially about the snowmobile trails.,I once had a snowmobile column (first in the USA) and was continually warning sledders to avoid certain spots and stay on trails. This is SERIOUS testimony to that. Tom

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tomloughlinjr says ... on Friday, Sep 17 at 12:51 AM

According to some govt environmentalists, old iron mines..perhaps like these you show here..but in the Clinton area are responsible for a high incidence of airborne lead in our region. ..wonder if they're right? Tom

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msteere says ... on Sunday, Sep 19 at 5:43 PM

Airborne lead? I didn't know that could happen. That mine sits in the watershed that feeds my village's water supply. Runoff just flows down hill from the mine to the creek. The creek feeds the reservoir.

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