Over 100 years ago in the Rossland Miner

Rossland mines are banner gold camp of the Dominion

Compiled by the Rossland Historical Museum from the pages of the Rossland Miner.

100 Years Ago, April 1913

Rossland Mines are Banner Gold Camp of the Dominion

The total tonnage of ore mined in the Rossland camp in 1912 was 229,570, valued at $3,239,400, while the tonnage for 19 years is 4,089,928 valued at $55,602,788. This is a record to be proud of.

Rossland’s Successful Concentrating Mill

The Le Roi Two Concentrating mill is situated in a canyon above the Black Bear grounds on a very steep slope. The object sought in building on such a steep grade, is so that the ore treated can descend by gravity from one floor to the other.

The mill has been in continuous operation for 10 years, and it has steadily made concentrates which are sent to Trail for smelting. In the course of the extraction of the ore, and in the development work in the mine, ore is taken from the mine that is of too low a grade to be forwarded to the smelter.

This ore has already been mined, and, if thrown on the waste dump, would be a total loss. Instead of doing this, it is put through the mill and made to yield a profit.

Troubles of the South Belt

A large black bull has almost closed down the South Belt to prospectors and claim owners. This belligerent animal caused Thomas Davidson to climb two trees, one of his horns pierced Sam Coulter’s coat tail and there is no telling what might have happened had not Sam been a sprinter.

It caused Sam Forteath to seek refuge in a shaft, caused Wm. Whitford considerable anxiety, has kept Bert Oliver out of the South Belt for two days at a stretch and has chased Tom Peacock into his house.

A complaint has been filed against the bull with the Gold Commissioner and there is talk of calling out the Rocky Mountain Rangers with a couple of machine guns in order to bring an end to the state of riot that exists in the famous South Belt.

75 Years Ago, April 1938

Favor New Rink for Rossland

At a public meeting in City Hall last night, 75 residents of the city voted unanimously in favour of building a rink in Rossland and appointed committees to investigate ways and means of construction and to secure a number of plans with accurate estimates of the cost of building each type. These plans will be presented to a meeting at a later date.

Trail Men to Remove Skating Rink

An offer of $40 for the old Rossland Skating rink was accepted by the council last night. The applicants agreed to tear down the rink and keep the material salvaged.

Modern School Assured for Rossland Pupils

Rossland home-owners marched to the polls 200 strong to endorse a $29,000 spending program of the Rossland school board on a five-classroom building with lockers, auditorium and principal’s office. School board officials expressed satisfaction at the overwhelming majority given the bylaw by the voters.


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