Gallery #3--MINES
Cable Cove mines. Located 4.75 miles NW of Bourne at the headwaters of Silver Creek.

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Collection Hawley, Brooks
Description Cable Cove mines. Annotated on panoramic photo of Cable Cove area.

Brooks Hawley notes: Cable Cove had lots of mines, but likely none of them made any money. About the only live thing there now is the power line from the Fremont Power Plant comes out to Baker Valley this way. Cable Cove is one way to get to Baldy Lake, over the ridge to the left.

In the picture the California mine is indicated to the right. A tramway 2,800 feet long joined the mine to the mill 750 feet lower down. The tramway had 7/8 inch cable with buckets of 250 lb. Capacity would deliver 10 tons and hour. There were 13 towers, 200 feet part to support the tramway. It was new in January, 1903.

Cable Cove, named for the Cable family, was suitable for cables to always find a new mine in the early times. A newspaper article, January 1904, when Henry Cable died, age 52, near San Jose, says his father came here in 1862, placer mining and having pack trains from Umatilla Landing to Granite. There were 7 boys and a daughter. The Boys, in order, being Frank, Charley, Marion, Henry, Trueman, Warren, and Irwin. The father died 4 years ago, about 1900, mother one year ago, wealthy Frank was killed in a mine accident at Silver city, Idaho. Henry is next to die. Only Warren lives here now, 1904. The parents had a place at Pilot Rock and Truman Continued there. Henry and Irwin Cable located the Columbia Mine in 1887. The Cables also located the California, the Climax, and Cracker-Oregon. [Some of this quotes the 1904 article. gd]

Object ID 1992.1.512
Place Cable Cove, 44.860742 -118.276699
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