Cranberry Mine Trip | Feb 2007

On February 2nd, 2007,  a few years after we started our journey into mining history, we kept hearing about the Cranberry Mine in Harriman State Park. Supposedly it was a long tunnel deep in the woods, with a dynamite shed. Ed Lenik described this mine well in his excellent “Iron Mine Trails of NY NJ” book.

Anyway myself and Bob decided to finally hunt it down, and with Bob leading the way, we did find it on a very cold snow covered day. The mine was very impressive, at the time it was probably our biggest underground mine experience. I recall the interior being a long stoped out adit with a short side tunnel. The cieling was probably 10-15 feet high in places.

Today, the mine has been sealed permanently with a bat gate to thwart off disturbers and for liability reasons. But we will always remember this as one of our early mines.

Cranberry Mine NY Entrance | Feb 2007

Cranberry Mine NY Entrance | Feb 2007

Cranberry Mine Entrance | Taken 2/3/2007

Cranberry Mine Entrance | Taken 2/3/2007

Cranberry Mine NY Inside | Feb 2007

Cranberry Mine NY Inside | Feb 2007

The back end of the Cranberry Mine | Feb 2007

The back end of the Cranberry Mine | Feb 2007

Cranberry Mine NY Side Tunnel

Cranberry Mine NY Side Tunnel 2/3/2007

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  1. Miner Tom says:

    This was the first mine visited with my son Brian on a trip to hike and visit mines in Harriman. Being new to mine exploration, it seemed large and a bit scary. Even though it was a rainy day, we visited three more mines that day.

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