Here's your Douglas Mine guys. I haven't been there since the last time I followed the train tracks into Chase River. Mind you I wasn't as interested in our mines back then. Maps are always a good way to go.
I don't know if any of you have any information on the mines in this area but there is a sub division going in off of Westwood Lake Rd below Jingle Pot Rd. and the outer edge of it touches an old slack pile. For years it was just bush then it was cleared then it grew over then recently it was cleared and piping was put in. I stopped by on Monday and walked around on the edge of the cleared area and picked up 2 pieces of coal. On the other side of the slack pile which runs the length of the hill, there is a gravel road which is the drive way for the person that lives on that side of the pile. I didn't see any artifacts other than the slack but I bet that person knows alot about the area.
From what I could see, the slack pile will soon be bullldozed over and either the houses will back against the gravel road for the property behind or maybe the owner of the property sold it to the developer and the whole area will be flattened.
I don't know what the future holds for that area but I feel like history might get bulldozed over in an area that isn't that well known to us. I could be wrong but this should be the Jingle Pot mine.
The red circle is the interesting area and the blue is the slack pile. Sucks there is a house right in the middle of the interesting area.
I'd love to speak with someone who was an engineer when the Parkway was put in that area. They would know a thing or two about the lay of the land, there.
Here's something that I saw on Bowen Island recently.
- those things are everywhere ! (or at least in places where there is mining history)
I actually wonder why there aren't more coal cars lying around, since there must have been so many at some time. Were they usually melted down?
Coal cart up at VIU outside the Theater.