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6290 Bench Plan for October 1972

This map depicts the generalized pit layout and estimated waste extraction areas for 6290 bench for the month of October and November. Extraction dates as well as total unbroken tonnages are included within certain portions of the plan. Annotated details include numerical bench markers, extraction dates, total tonnages to be extracted and approximate waste tonnage calculations for October. The hand drawn plan consists of solid and broken lines drawn with red, green, orange and lead pencils as well as black ink.

Workplace Album - Conveyor Gallery

Photograph depicts tramline conveyors in centre of image (located west of mine). Conveyors ran from crusher plant to the tramline loading station. Building on left believed to be the crusher reject plant. Water truck can be seen by transfer building on far right (truck was used to thaw propane tank when necessary). Mine valley in background.

1961 - 6430 Ore Bench

Photograph depicts bench at 6430 elevation. Blasthole drills, shovels, dozers, and dump trucks can be seen on bench in midground. Mine valley in background. Handwritten annotation on verso of photograph: "1961".

1961 - Shovel on Peak

Photograph depicts a crawler cable shovel on right, and bulldozer partially visible on left. Rock face of mountainside in background. Handwritten annotation on verso of photograph: "1961", on recto: "Mining 80 D shovel on [?] 64/70 to 6560 saddle on peak."

Manager's Photos - Talus Slide of Asbestos and Serpentine

Handwritten annotation below photo on page taped to photograph: "PHOTO #2: Looking N across talus slide of asbestos fibre and serpentine fragments." Handwritten annotation on verso of photograph in blue ink describing sections of photograph which have been pointed to or outlined: "Talus of asbestos fibre & serpentine fragments -->" "Photo #1 -->" "Approx upper contact of serpentine -->".

Cassiar Aerial Photographs

Photographs depict aerial views of the Cassiar townsite, plantsite, tailings pile, mine road, bench and pit mine, mine buildings (tramline loading station, crusher, shop, and garage), and surrounding mountain range. Here "aerial" refers to photos depicting a large area and taken from the air or from a high point of elevation.

Waste in Mine Valley

Photograph depicts large swath of dark waste down mountainside to right of valley. The waste dump is believed to be visible at top of swath on right of image. Bench mining visible on the North and South peak in background. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "Oct. 25 / 65 4:25 PM."

Mine, South East View from Airplane

Photograph depicts the Cassiar mine, switchback road in foreground, mountain range in background. Pit is visible behind the West peak. The new mine garage can be seen on West peak just above "#7 switchback" in centre of image. Photograph was taken from the air, portion of plane visible in top left of image.

Mine, East View from Airplane

Photograph depicts the Cassiar mine, switchback road in foreground, mountain range in background. Pit is visible to right of West peak. The new mine garage can be seen on West peak just above "#7 switchback" in centre of image.

Mine, North View from Airplane

Photograph depicts the Cassiar mine above valley, north mountain range in background. Tramline station and crushing plant visible to west of pit. Photograph was taken from the air, portion of plane visible in top left of image.

Men & Bulldozer on Mining Bench

Photograph depicts two men standing on mining bench in mountainside, three boxes and what appears to be a long hose to the left. Third man and tractor plow can be seen in distance at end of bench. Photo caption next to printed copy of image in 1953 Annual Report: "Benches being prepared for mining."

Two Men in Mine

Photograph depicts two unidentified men at high elevation on mountain. Trucks and tanks visible in background, hose (possibly of air track drill) in right foreground. Mountain range in background.

Dozer on Cliff

Photograph depicts unknown man driving bulldozer on edge of mine area at high elevation. The dozer is an International model TD24 (manufactured between 1947 and 1955). A second man stands on edge of cliff, directing driver. Mountain range in background.

Two Dozers on Cliff

Photograph depicts unknown men driving bulldozers on edge of mine area at high elevation. Dozers are Internationals, model TD24 (manufactured between 1947 and 1955). Mountain range in background.

Dozer on Cliff, Close View

Photograph depicts unknown man driving bulldozer near edge of mine area at high elevation. Dozer is an International model TD24 (manufactured between 1947 and 1955). Valley and mountain range in background.

Shovel & Haul Trucks

Photograph depicts cable-operated shovel loading Kenworth haul truck on road in mine area at high elevation. Pickup truck in background, four unidentified men are gathered around second Kenworth truck in foreground. Valley and mountain range in distance.

Old Mine Garage

Photograph depicts bulldozers, car, and fuel tanks in front of two-door garage on edge of mine area. Unidentified machinery can be seen behind garage. Mine valley crosses midground, western mountain range in background. What appears to be framing measurements are annotated on verso.

Waste Stripping Operations

Photograph depicts benches of Cassiar's open mine. Men can be seen standing near machinery speculated to be blasthole drills in bottom left of image. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "Waste Stripping Operations on McDame Mt. Ore Mining in lower right Corner.", on verso: "1961".

International Harvester Payhauler Dumping Waste

Photograph depicts ore haul truck at dump in mine, mountain range in background. Photo also features driver and a second unidentified man standing in front of truck. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "Int. Harvester Payhauler Model 95 dumping stripping waste at 6565 Elevation", on verso: "1961".

Tramline

File contains photographs featuring the tramline at Cassiar which ran from the crushing plant at the mountain mine to the plantsite in the valley (a drop of 427 meters). The first ore was originally transported by truck to the plant until the gravity chute was built in 1953. This chute was replaced with the first aerial tramline model in 1956, which was succeeded by the second model in 1975. This file also includes one photo of the original gravity chute, and one photo depicting a tramline worker.

Additionally there is a collection of eighteen photographs of tramline cars that were being surveyed for damage and condition, and another collection of six photographs of tramline study. The results of this study determined that there was variances in load sizes of the buckets caused by extra material falling off the panfeeder.

North View of Tramline from Valley

Photograph depicts tramline in a strip cleared of trees on McDame Mountain, bucket in foreground. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "#2 SECTION LOOKING NORTH". Photograph was glued to cardboard backing with the annotation: "1962".

Official Tours

File contains photographs depicting four different tours that took place at the mine, plant, and towns owned by Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. Tours include Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's visit to Clinton Creek in 1968 and Member of Parliament Iona Campagnolo's visit to Cassiar in 1978. Photographs also depict a party of ambassadors touring Cassiar in 1970, and the dedication of a building in the Cassiar plant in the late 1970s.

A.C. Beguin Accepting Safety Award

Typed annotation on caption below photograph: "General Superintendent A.C. Beguin receiving 1965 Safety Award for Open Pits and Quarries in British Columbia from Mr. R.B. Bonar, Dept. of Mines and Petroleum Resources." Photograph depicts A.C. Beguin shaking hands with Mr. Bonar as he accepts a large plaque. Counter bar and curtains in background.

Board of Directors

File contains photographs featuring members of the Board of Directors of Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd., which was formed on the 17th of May, 1951. Cassiar's forerunner was a company named Conwest, formed in 1534, a consolidation of two companies owned by Fred Martin Connell and his brother W. Harold Connell. The first board of directors included the Connell brothers, George Armstrong, John E. Kennedy, Charles & Arthur Mortimer, and Charles Rainforth Elliot (chartered accountant and secretary-treasurer of Conwest & Cassiar). Directors depicted in this file include F.M Connell, Harold Connell, Charles Elliot, John E. Kennedy, George Armstrong, Ken A. Creery, John Drybrough, Tam Zimmermann, George Washington Smith (president of Bell Asbestos Mines), Nick Gritzuk, Jack Christian (general manager, president, and CEO). Other individuals depicted include Fred Murry, Andre Beguin, Plato Malozemoff from Newmont Mining (co-founder of Cassiar with F.M. Connell), Alfred Lloyd Penhale (founder and CEO of Asbestos Corporation of Canada Ltd.), C.B. Brown, Pierre Marcotte, Francis Parker Smith (brother of George Smith), Bill Oughtred, Bill Johnson, and a Mr. Janitsch. File also includes a portrait of an unidentified director of Cassiar from Turner and Newall in England, taken at the corporate club in Toronto. Group portraits were taken at the Cassiar Valley, the office building, "House 130," fishing outings, and at formal events in unidentified locations.

Silver Star Princesses at Cassiar Display Table

Photograph depicts three young women wearing "PRINCESS SILVER STAR" banners, standing to left of "CASSIAR ASBESTOS CORPORATION LTD" display table. Table features photos, rock samples possibly containing asbestos, and objects presumably made from asbestos fibre. Large snowflake symbol visible on wall in background. Photo speculated to have been taken at an event in Vernon, B.C. Handwritten annotation on verso of photograph: "1963".

Russian Mine Tour

Photographic negatives depict men on tour in unknown locations in Russia. Images depict urban areas, mining areas, construction of buildings, railway, mineral samples, and equipment including dump truck and electric shovel. Also includes images of area speculated to be a mine pit. Men on tour are dressed in formal attire.

Handwritten annotation in pencil on envelope containing negatives: "Russian 'Asbest' Mine Slides" "7 copies of each - 23 negatives - 161 prints".

Correspondence

File contains letters and notes from October 31, 1895 to March 30, 1896 concerning the purchase of dynamite for the mine.

Princess Margaret watching a prospector pan for gold

Item is a photograph of Princess Margaret on July 17, 1958 at an event staged in the Prince George railway yards. Alex Moffat dressed as a prospector demonstrates panning for previously salted gold nuggets, which were later given to the Princess.

Three diversion tunnels

Item is a photograph of the three tunnels built to divert the Peace River around the Bennett Dam construction site.

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