Tenderfoot Mine & Mill

Back in the summer of 2011, while on a camping trip in Northern Washington state, I took a quick hike to the Tenderfoot Mine and Mill. The mine predates 1932 when it was re-recorded as the Gold Crown Mine by E.B. Bales and George Letson. In 1951, possibly the time period the mill was (re)built, owners Vic Byrski, Vern Anderson, and Perry Luce claimed that ore values were assayed at $12 to $93 per ton.

Sources:
Woodhouse, Philip R., Daryl Jacobson, and Victor Pisoni. Discovering Washington’s Historic Mines. Vol. 4. Monroe, WA: Northwest Mining, 2011.
Huntting, Marshall T., Inventory of Washington minerals; Part II—Metallic minerals: Washington Division of Mines and Geology Bulletin 37, Part II, 1956.
Rinehart, C. D., and Fox, K. F., Jr., Geology and Mineral Deposits of the Loomis Quadrangle, Okanogan County, Washington: Washington Division of Mines and Geology Bulletin No. 64, 1972.

First view of the Tenderfoot Mill. First view of the Te...
Looking up at the Tenderfoot Mill. Looking up at the Te...
Remaining pulleys and belts. Remaining pulleys an...
Gears turning the overhead pulleys. Gears turning the ov...
Upper shed attached to the mill. Upper shed attached ...
Parting shot of the mill as we hike towards the mines. Parting shot of the ...
First evidence of the Tenderfoot Mines. First evidence of th...
Tracks leading towards a collapsed adit. Tracks leading towar...
The tracks have been squished between these two pines over the years. The tracks have been...
Near the adit we found shaft with the wooden cover rotted away. Near the adit we fou...
Hiking back to the road, a parting shot of the mill. Hiking back to the r...

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