2005 Mining History Association Field Trip

 

Franklin/Sterling Hill, NJ Mining District

Sterling Hill Mining Museum (Surface Mines)

June 20, 2005

Tour Hosts: Richard and Robert Houck

 

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Outside the Sterling Hill Mine are exposures of the weathered surface of the zinc ore body in the Passaic Pit.  Calamine (zinc silicate) was mined in this oxidized portion of the ore body.

 

Guide Earl Verbeek explains the iron ore zone that lies outside the West Limb of the ore body.

MHAers peer into an open stope from outside the mine.

Walking in the direction of the west limb of the Sterling Hill ore body exposed in the Passaic Pit.

 

 

 

(Above) Bob Houck explains the types of zinc ore in the pit area.  The conveyor from the mill and the concentrate storage bins are in the background.

 

 

 

 

(Left) A View of the Noble Pit mined for Calamine.  An open stope from iron mining lies toward the bottom.

 

 

Bob Houck (with hardhat) explains some of the outside equipment exhibits.

Lunch after the underground mine tour at Sterling Hill.


Photo Credits: Johnny Johnsson, Mike Kaas and John Park

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