Digging deep into Western North Carolina’s mining history



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Spruce pine

Exactly where is this located in Macon County NC? I am a direct decendent of William Jasper Stewart. My mother was a Stewart. Stella Lenora Stewart. Daughter of Claude Stewart and Jesse Manous.

Diana Hughes Ferebee 16 days ago

Mica Mine

So I have a question I live in balsam mountain NC near wainsville and everyone is talking about some old abandoned mica mine and I was wondering if anybody knows the name?

Aide 167 days ago

Mines in Balsam NC Area

There are 3 mines shown on the NC mine map in the Balsam area
Balsam Gap Mine
Middleton Mine
Dark Ridge Mine

Burt 139 days ago

Records of early gold miner/educator, John Oliver Hicks In NC

My great grandfather, mentioned in Historical museum in Hayesville, Built 3 log cabin schools. He also was a gold miner. I would like to see if there are records of his mining.

Martha Buhl more than 1 year ago

Abandoned mine

I recently hiked to the abandoned mine off of the South Toe river and I was wondering if there were any pics.

Marc McIntosh more than 5 years ago

Abandoned but still privately owned

Marc, it wouldn't surprise me if you were on or near an abandoned mica mine on or near my family's property in crab orchard ( one mile north of plumtree post office ) .There are several mines in the area, do you know whose land you were on? And you are looking for pics of what, the mines in the area?

Melissa more than 5 years ago

old mines

hi; i've lived in this area over 20 years now; am interested in history and old remnants of mining days, geology, etc...and I also work privately on a journalistic-historic project of mine, sort of a private documentary of sorts (not meant even for publication or printing, really, just a private interest)...was wondering, what exact area you refer to? Can i go there and walk, look around at the land, any old abandoned mines, etc...any that i can just go and check out on my own, and any i need permission for? and if so, any chance you know of who (owner-owners) would be more inclined to accomodate my interest--i don't need to necessarily even take pictures, though that would be nice in some cases if possible and if that's acceptable to people there. Please, any info you could help with in terms of location of old, abandoned mines, etc...would be much appreciated. Thanks.

george bazley more than 1 year ago

Upcoming historical anthology

George-I'd like to talk with you about the book I'm writing that includes murders at a mica mine. Please email me.

Nadia Dean more than 1 year ago


George: You might want to contact me about old mines & geology.

Richard Buchanan 353 days ago

colored rocks?

while traveling to franklin, n.c. we saw piles of colored glass looking stiff?what is it an what is it used for?

JUDY CABRERA more than 5 years ago

Glass in franklin

Think thats slag glass... leftover from mfg and melted glass from factorys but i may be wrong

Teresa Young more than 4 years ago