After a long drive deep into Pennsylvania, a long hike on a hot day, we enter the mine. Two hundred feet in, it ends in collapse. No disappointment, we searched, we found, and we cross another one off the list. Finding abandoned mines requires patience, finding abandoned mines that are explorable requires sustained perseverance and some luck.
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.
Taken in April 2008, Miner Bob stands by the winze inside a mine in NJ. A winze is a shaft in the floor of a tunnel which descends to lower levels in a mine. This winze in particular was over 100 feet deep and accessed a second lower level, which also had another winze but was flooded.
Great shot here as Chris and Bob prepare their gear for a descent down a mine near Rosendale NY. Bob and Chris are both experts, with extensive training from private and organizational providers. Bob is a member of NJSAR, and Chris has had private training from numerous clubs.
Bob enters a mine somewhere in warren county NJ, which was a tight squeeze to get in. In this photo, it appears as though he is entirely engulfed by leaves, and to some degree it is true, as the erosion over time has almost completely sealed this mine.
Hiking through deep woods in search of a tunnel portal pointed out to us by an ex miner. Unfortunately after hours of hiking through this dense foliage, we were unable to find the mine and gave up.
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