Windpass Mine on Baldy Mountain
Posted on: August 8, 2018 1:02 pm
by: Doug Smith
We drove up rougher backroads as high as we could on Baldy Mountain, then hiked to the top and back. Along the way we passed the abandoned Windpass Mine at about 5000 feet. We stopped to look one of the old buildings and we saw the tailings from the mine entrance, but we had a hike to do so we did not take the time to explore the site enough, so we will return again to look around some more.
The Windpass Mine beginnings were in 1916. Olie Johson, T. Campbell, and Oscar Hargen staked the area and begun shallow diggings. Some quality ore was shipped. The property was bonded in 1922 and the Windpass Gold Mining Company was incorporated in 1923. The Sweet Home vein looked promising but failed to show continuity and the claims were given up in 1926. In 1929, the claims were resumed and the mine reopened in 1933.
The company charter was surrendered in 1939. Lessors shipped some additional ore from the site in 1941, 1942, and 1944. Subsequent drilling, claims, sampling, and studies have taken place on the mountainside from 1972 – 2013. The site was quiet and abandoned on the day we drove past the mine site on our way to hike to the yop of the mountain.
- BC Archival Photos
- B.C. Minfile reports
- BC Report on mining, 1935