First staked on August 29, 1889, and recorded with the county auditor on September 25, 1889, the Pride of the Woods mine tapped the same vein as the Mystery Mines. This mine clean up case study looks at how the mine tailings were able to be cleaned up without disturbing the gentle eco-system.
While the Mystery tunnels were driven into Mystery Hill from Monte Cristo side, the Pride of the Woods tunnels met inside Mystery Hill and were operated as a single mine. So complex were the ore bodies along this vein that one miner described them as resembling “a squashed spider”.
Built at the turn of the century, during Washington’s short-lived mining boom, the Pride of the Woods mine was abandoned by the 1920s, leaving behind mine tailings laden with toxic metals like lead and arsenic. These tailings had been leaching into the soil and nearby groundwater, posing serious health and environmental threats to both man and nature.
While other abandoned mine sites in the area had access roads, aiding in the reclamation process, the Pride of The Woods – located in the Henry M. Jackson wilderness area where machinery is not allowed – was unique in that it had no road access at all. The challenge was two-fold: how to remove environmental waste without altering the existing environmental footprint to protect delicate eco-systems, endangered species and cultural and historical artifacts.
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