Franklin Co., Massachusetts
However, our interest does not lie with them as much as in the hills east
A good-sized mining camp developed at the site, but little remains today. There were four mining shafts, and a period photo of Shaft #1 shows a large enclosed headframe (shafthouse) tram and what appears to be a reduction works of some kind (smokestack and large building). It is said the mine produced about 100 tons of pyrite a day, and the iron sulfide was used to produce sulfuric acid, a commercially important chemical.
The camp included a blacksmith shop, butcher shop,
electric lighting, at least 150 homes, and was major consumer of local farm
produce. Charlemont claims to be the first
electrified town in
In 1911, a non-fatal collapse of the mine due to “poor mining practices” ended the nearly 30-year run. The mining camp faded, and by 1937 all that remained were a blacksmith shop and about 150 cellar holes.
Today, the Davis Mine is a major study area as there are ecologic
concerns due to a pollution plume exuding from the old workings down into Davis
Mine Creek. When the mine collapsed,
ground water seeped into the old workings, and now flows out and downhill into
the creek. The
The quiet remains of the Davis Mine are on private property, so access may not be available. If you do visit the site, PLEASE respect the site for what it is, and abide by any posted signs and local requirements. If you are granted access, please follow the Ghost Towner’s Code of Ethics.
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