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Photographs - Copper Basin Mining District

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Copper Basin Mining District Environmental Legacy Photographs

Burra Burra Creek Roast Yard
A roast yard was once located in this area adjacent to the McPherson Branch of Burra Burra Creek. This is now the location of the wetlands demonstration project.

Waste near Davis Mill Creek
Some waste materials were historically deposited directly into, or very close to, creeks in Copper Basin.

Waste near Davis Mill Creek
Some waste materials were historically deposited directly into, or very close to, creeks in Copper Basin.

Seepage from French Drain
Discharge from a french drain underneath a revegetated pile near Davis Mill Creek. This waste pile was reportedly placed on top of a spring.

 

Isabella Collapse
The Isabella mine collapse, which is now filled with water as a result of groundwater infiltration. The water contains high levels of metals and acidity.

Waste Pile at Isabella
Waste materials at the Isabella area near the Ellis Branch of North Potato Creek. At various times, the Isabella area was the site of smelting, concentration, flotation, and acid production facilities.

London Mill Area
A large amount of waste materials were historically deposited in or near Burra Burra Creek at London Mill.

London Tailings Pond
Large tailings pond north of the old London Mill Flotation plant. Wind dispersal of the tailings has been a concern to nearby residences.

 

PCBs - Abandoned Transformers
Abandoned transformers, some of which have leaked or been vandilized, have been found at various locations throughout Copper Basin. Some of these transformers contained PCBs.

PCBs - Abandoned Transformers
Abandoned transformers, some of which have leaked or been vandilized, have been found at various locations throughout Copper Basin. Some of these transformers contained PCBs.

PCBs - Abandoned Transformers
Abandoned transformers, some of which have leaked or been vandilized, have been found at various locations throughout Copper Basin. Some of these transformers contained PCBs.

Parksville Reservoir Sediment Delta
Huge amount of sediment in the upper end of Parksville Reservoir that is exposed when the water level is lowered. Sedimentation is a result of historic denuding within the Copper Basin and past waste management practices.

 

Lead Contaminated Soil
Soil at the site of the old lead chamber plant in the Isabella area is contaminated with lead. Plans call for this site to be capped with a low permeability cover and clean soil by 2003.

Carroll Hill
Carroll Hill is a large pile of granulated slag located between Davis Mill Creek and Highway 68. Some slag has been reprocessed and sold for use as roofing granules or sand blasting agent.

Copper Basin Mining District Historic Photographs

Tennessee Mine
Historic photo of the ore bin and headfrme at the Tennessee Mine. This is the deepest mine in the basin at over 3000 feet below ground surface.

South Mine Pit
Open pit mine, known as the South Mine Pit, in the foreground. Open slope mining was the more common method used in the basin due to the location of ore.

Bare Land (1939)
A train in the distance surrounded by land withough vegetation. Railroads played an important role in the history of mining in the Copper Basin.

Copperhill in 1939
Aa train in the distance surrounded by land denuded of all vegetation.

 

The Acid Plant in 1912
View of Tennessee Copper Company's copper smelter and acid plant at Copperhill. 1912.

1912 Erosion Up Close
A view of erosion near former Ducktown (copper) roasting sheds, Isabella. 1912.

Erosion takes its toll
Houses and gully erosion between Ducktown and Isabella. Ducktown district. Tennessee. 1912.


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