Ye Olde (abandoned) Ochre Mine.
Check the map …
A bit of History:
The Ochre Mine / Kootenay National Park
“In the early 1900s, mineral claims were issued, and
extensive mining of the iron oxide deposits in the marsh below
the springs occurred for use as a pigment in paint manufacture.
The Paint Pots site was incorporated into Kootenay National Park
when it was formed in 1920 at which point
mining activity halted.”
Mining operation was “halted in 1920”
– the miners were kicked out of the Park.
But it’s a sure bet though that paint companies soon found out
how to creating any colour anyway – including Ochre –
and thus ended the demand for natural Ochre.
At the Ochre Mine site you’ll see these 2 (almost unreadable) signs.
It shows that the Park folks once cared about this site.
That’s not apparent now.
Yesterday’s garbage is tomorrow’s treasure.
There are now worrying signs of neglect.
Apart from the poor condition of the signs
we see much abuse of the old mining equipment
which is just strewn about the area – open to obvious abuse.
Found some of this nearby.
I’m guessing this would have been the final mining product.
Golden yes …
But it does not glitter.
Once somebody’s dream?
In the palm of my hand.
To the Paint Pots