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Remains of Estelle Mining Co.
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Estelle Iron Mines

In the early 1900s, 225 folks were employed here, and the community of Estelle had 150 homes,
along with schools, a church, commercial buildings, etc.   Little remains now but foundations and
ore loading bins from the mine works and 6 or 7 small gauge railroad tunnels through the mountain
ridges, several of which are now collapsed.   The Mining Company ceased operations in 1924.


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Ore Loading Bin 1


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Piers leading to Ore Loading Bin


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Ore Loading Bin 1


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Ore Bin


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Rock-fern on concrete pier


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Unknown foundation or footing


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Ore Loading Bin 2


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Ore Loading Bin 2


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Ore Loading Bin 2 and Chute


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Row of Piers-Footings leading up the hill


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Unknown structures



There are a series of narrow-gauge railroad tunnels that were cut through the area's ridges.
I have visited six of them (counting multi-part collapsed tunnels as one tunnel).
I think there are more, but I turned around since I had other sites to visit...

Northeast Tunnel
This is the longest tunnel, and the closest to the Estelle village and processing facilities.


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View back from the interior toward the south opening.


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Partial tunnel collapse - dome above, fallen debris below..


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Beyond the collapse area...



Coming from the west, this is Tunnel 2:

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Second tunnel's west opening


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Tunnel 2 Interior



Tunnel 3 from the west end:

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Tunnel 3's west opening


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Western entrance from inside


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Tunnel 3 - I think the red bands are layers of iron ore.



Tunnel 4 from the west end:

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Tunnel 5 from the west end:

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Heading back towards The Pocket, I checked out Tunnel 1.
This was originally a long tunnel but now has many collapsed sections:


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Tunnel 1a (one of several sections)



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