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  • GECO Underground, Rock Drill
    GECO Underground, Rock Drill
    imagecomment       Mining of the orebody itself is called 'stoping'. There are a variety of stoping methods depending on the nature and extent of the orebody. All methods involve drilling a pattern of holes into the rock, charging (filling) the holes with explosive, blasting the rock, bogging (digging) it out and transporting ...
    imagecomment     Mining of the orebody itself is called 'stoping'. There are a variety of stoping methods depending on the nature and extent of the orebody. All methods involve drilling a pattern ...
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  • First use of B.Mc.Q. Shovel at GECO mine (1963)
    First use of B.Mc.Q. Shovel at GECO mine (1963)
    image  March 8 1963     Black and white copy of a colour photo showing the first use of B.Mc.Q. shovel at the GECO mine.
    image  March 8 1963   Black and white copy of a colour photo showing the first use of B.Mc.Q. shovel at the GECO mine.
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  • GECO Headframe
    GECO Headframe
    image       BW photo showing the GECO headframe on fire from a closer angle.
    image     BW photo showing the GECO headframe on fire from a closer angle.
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  • GECO Under Construction
    GECO Under Construction
    image       The possible presence of copper deposits in the Manitouwadge area was first indicated in a report by James Thomson, a field geologist of the Ontario Department of Mines. In late June 1953, Roy Baker and William Davidowich, two part-time prospectors, staked claims that sparked a frenzied staking bee. Eventually more ...
    image     The possible presence of copper deposits in the Manitouwadge area was first indicated in a report by James Thomson, a field geologist of the Ontario Department of Mines. In late ...
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  • GECO Headframe
    GECO Headframe
    image       BW photo of GECO headframe with the main office building in front of it. Building under construction to the left is machine shop.
    image     BW photo of GECO headframe with the main office building in front of it. Building under construction to the left is machine shop.
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  • Dryer at GECO mine
    Dryer at GECO mine
    image       An underground photo showing an unidentified man cleaning and repairing the Dryer at GECO mine.
    image     An underground photo showing an unidentified man cleaning and repairing the Dryer at GECO mine.
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  • GECO Mill
    GECO Mill
    image       BW photo of inside the GECO mill. The first two mills are running - the third in the back is not.
    image     BW photo of inside the GECO mill. The first two mills are running - the third in the back is not.
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  • GECO Mine Ross Feeder - 1250 feet Underground
    GECO Mine Ross Feeder - 1250 feet Underground
    image       Ross Feeder in the underground crushing station on the 1250' underground level of the GECO mine.
    image     Ross Feeder in the underground crushing station on the 1250' underground level of the GECO mine.
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  • Fire in Headframe (GECO)
    Fire in Headframe (GECO)
    image       Black and white photo the fire in the permanent headframe at GECO Mine : fire could be seen for miles but damage was superficial.
    image     Black and white photo the fire in the permanent headframe at GECO Mine : fire could be seen for miles but damage was superficial.
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  • GECO Mine Underground - Man Driving Ore Train
    GECO Mine Underground - Man Driving Ore Train
    image       BW photo of GECO underground. Unidentified man driving ore train filled with ore.
    image     BW photo of GECO underground. Unidentified man driving ore train filled with ore.
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  • Three Prospectors
    Three Prospectors
    image       Roy Barker (2nd from left), Bill Dawd (centre), and Jack Forster (2nd from right), whose claim eventually became GECO. Far right, Minister of Mines - Spooner, far left W.S. Hargraft.
    image     Roy Barker (2nd from left), Bill Dawd (centre), and Jack Forster (2nd from right), whose claim eventually became GECO. Far right, Minister of Mines - Spooner, far left W.S. Hargraft.
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  • Hoist room at GECO Mine
    Hoist room at GECO Mine
    image       Colour photo showing Hoist room at GECO mine, in Manitouwadge, Ontario.
    image     Colour photo showing Hoist room at GECO mine, in Manitouwadge, Ontario.
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  • Willecho Under Construction (Oct 1963)
    Willecho Under Construction (Oct 1963)
    image       Photo of Willroy's headframe under construction. Only the metal frame and the hopper are in place at this time.
    image     Photo of Willroy's headframe under construction. Only the metal frame and the hopper are in place at this time.
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  • Cavo Rubber Tired Mucker
    Cavo Rubber Tired Mucker
    image       To avoid emitting unnecessary fumes, the mine's muckers and drills are powered by compressed air, which is piped in from a building just beyond the tunnel's portal. The mine locomotives are diesels equipped with exhaust scrubbers.
    image     To avoid emitting unnecessary fumes, the mine's muckers and drills are powered by compressed air, which is piped in from a building just beyond the tunnel's portal. The mine locomotives ...
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  • Underground Mining - Air Drill
    Underground Mining - Air Drill
    image       Underground mining operations are more complex than opencuts, particularly with respect to access, ground support, ventilation, blasting and haulage. Access from the surface to underground orebodies is either by vertical or inclined shafts, horizontal tunnels (called adits) or downward sloping tunnels (called declines).
    image     Underground mining operations are more complex than opencuts, particularly with respect to access, ground support, ventilation, blasting and haulage. Access from the surface to underground orebodies is either by vertical ...
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  • Drilling Holes for Explosives
    Drilling Holes for Explosives
    image       Mining of the orebody itself is called 'stoping'. There are a variety of stoping methods depending on the nature and extent of the orebody. All methods involve drilling a pattern of holes into the rock, charging (filling) the holes with explosive, blasting the rock, bogging (digging) it out and transporting ...
    image     Mining of the orebody itself is called 'stoping'. There are a variety of stoping methods depending on the nature and extent of the orebody. All methods involve drilling a pattern ...
    Manitouwadge Public Library
  • Head Frame #4 GECO Mine
    Head Frame #4 GECO Mine
    image       Photo showing #4 head frame nearing completion.
    image     Photo showing #4 head frame nearing completion.
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  • Battery Operated Tip Truck
    Battery Operated Tip Truck
    image       In shallow deposits the oxidised material is often soft enough to be removed by excavators or back-hoes. With increasing depth the rocks are harder and it becomes necessary to drill and blast before excavating. Large tip-trucks carry the ore and waste to the surface stockpiles. BW photo showing a small ...
    image     In shallow deposits the oxidised material is often soft enough to be removed by excavators or back-hoes. With increasing depth the rocks are harder and it becomes necessary to drill ...
    Manitouwadge Public Library
  • GECO Underground Drilling.
    GECO Underground Drilling.
    image       Photo showing two men drilling a stope at GECO underground. Long Tom Drilling.
    image     Photo showing two men drilling a stope at GECO underground. Long Tom Drilling.
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  • Crane Lowered
    Crane Lowered
    image       Black and white copy of a colour photo showing the crane at #4 headframe being lowered back down to the ground.
    image     Black and white copy of a colour photo showing the crane at #4 headframe being lowered back down to the ground.
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