Monday, May 27, 2013

Equipment of the James Stuart Mill

The James Stuart mill at Phillipsburg, built in 1867 for silver ores, is a stone building ; engine, 50 horse-power ; boilers, 40-inch diameter and 20 feet long; runs ten stamps, 650 pounds each ; six Wheeler pans, 4 feet in diameter, and three concentrators, 8 feet in diameter ; stamps and pans are geared to make from 60 to 75 drops and revolutions per minute. Capacity from 12 to 15 tons per twenty-four hours, according to quality of ore. It has crushed about 1,000 tons of quartz in all, which yielded about $100,000. The rock worked was principally croppings and ore taken from near the surface. The mill is now idle, awaiting re- pairs of crank and cylinder. It cost, all told, about $75,000, currency, and is considered the best mill in the Territory. It is situated in Flint Creek district, which first became generally known in the winter of 1866.
Report of Rossiter Raymond to Congress for 1869.  

Sunday, May 26, 2013

"Mettle of Granite County" index

The "Mettle of Granite County" is a comprehensive three volume history of Granite County by Loraine Domine, one of the authors of this blog. Here are the indexes of each volume, with Volume 1 in black type, Volume 2 in blue, and Volume 3 in red.  You can search the indexes for a topic using the "find" function in your browser toolbar. Errors from OCR will be gradually fixed!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Flint Chips

Flint Chips was a history column by the late Dan Meschter, a geologist and historian, that ran in the late 1980's in the Philipsburg Mail.
The coverage of early Granite County History was thorough and excellent. Here's a list of the Flint Chips columns by topic. We have obtained permission from Catherine Meschter to use these columns on our blog. She retains the copyright.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Medicine Tree Hill

Along Interstate 90,  west of the Bearmouth exit, there is a hill on the south side of the river called "Medicine Tree Hill". The name is an old one, appearing on the original map of the Mullan Road (below).