Babylon Mine: 0050.0190

A STRIKE IN THE BABYLONOre Body Two Feet Thick Unexpectedly Encountered – Looks Like It Will Make A Big Mine – An Opinion of Southeast Kootenay as a Prospecting Field Given by Successful Prospectors.

            Mention was made in The Herald of the 22nd ultimo of the Babylon mines, on the east prong of Palmer Bar creek, situated eight miles from Cranbrook and easily accessible.  At that time it was stated that a prospect tunnel was being run 50 feet for a ledge showing 40 feet on the surface and strongly impregnated with gold, silver, copper and lead.  The tunnel was designed to cross-cut the ledge to a depth of 35 feet and to tap a vein of ore showing strongly on the surface.  At that time the tunnel had penetrated 26 feet, with four men pushing it ahead.

            On Wednesday night, March 30, the night’s work revealed an unlooked-for ore body of two feet of galena, which also carries substantial values in gold and silver.  Another thing is also being demonstrated, and that is a strong probability that the ledge is nearer 70 feet in width than 40.

            The ore just uncovered is both clean and concentrating; the clean ore is found in kidneys of from medium to large size and is a solid, large-cubed galena; the remainder is a concentrating proposition of apparently a fine character, and giving promise of increased values with additional depth.  The ore started for, it is calculated, is still 18 feet distant, and it may be will have been encountered at this time; the probabilities also are that it will largely exceed the already fine showing made in the tunnel.  The diorite footwall is in places highly mineralized with copper.  It is thought that the greatest galena ore body of the ledge, however, will be found on the hanging wall, which is sienite.  On Tuesday evening last Mr. H.W. Melton, manager of the Babylon, arrived in Cranbrook en route to Fort Steele with samples.  Mr. Melton also left samples with The Herald, where all interested in mining, and wishing so to do, may view them.



            While in Fort Steele Mr. Melton received advices that a lease had been granted himself and partners, on 320 acres of placer ground, carrying with it 500 inches of water, and good for twenty years.  A ditch will be commenced at the old ditch head and will be brought down along the bench above Palmer Bar lake and thence the water returned to the creek.  The old diggings, it is stated, were never worked to bed rock, and the benches are comparatively untouched.  The latter will be prospected for drifting digging.  The Moyie river and its tributary creeks, notably the Nigger, Weaver and Palmer, have in years bygone given millions of wealth in yellow nuggets and dust, and as in those days nothing less than $10 a day to the man – if even as little as that – would pay to work, it is but reasonable to believe that much gold there yet remains, especially wherever the bed-rock – nature’s big concentrating pan for placers – has never been stripped.

            The Palmer Bar placers will in all probability soon be operated by an English syndicate possessed of abundant capital, and it is not at all improbable that ere many months have fled that in and around Cranbrook will be re-enacted the stirring scenes and occur a revival of the exciting times –

                                    In the days of old,

                                    And the days of gold,

when everybody had money to throw at the birds, or any other old thing that crossed their path, if they so desired.

0050.0190: Babylon Mine

While tunneling for ore body at Babylon Mine, an unexpected vein was uncovered which looks to yield substantial values in gold and silver.

Medium:  Newspaper - Text
Date:  April 12, 1898
Pages:  1
Publisher:  Cranbrook Herald
Collection:  Columbia Basin Institute (0050)


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People arrow Meltonarrow
Physical Features arrow Creeks arrow Nigger Creekarrow
Physical Features arrow Creeks arrow Palmer Bar Creekarrow
Physical Features arrow Creeks arrow Weaver Creekarrow
Physical Features arrow Rivers arrow Moyie Riverarrow
Industry arrow Mining arrow Equipment arrow Ditchesarrow
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