American Creek Resources Ltd. -
The Electrum Project is located 40 km north of Stewart,
British Columbia in the prolific "Golden Triangle".
The Electrum Mine - history -
were discovered and originally staked and claimed in 1927 -
then optioned to Cominco in 1929 -
In the 1930's, the owners began underground development -
to access the high-grade material Cominco had discovered -
The project was named -
The East Gold Mine -
and intermittent, small-scale production started in 1939 -
Over the next 26 years - the East Gold Mine -
reported to BC Gov. it produced -
appr. 45 tonnes of hand-cobbed ore rec.
from smelter rep. grading -
Gold 1,661 g/t (48.5 oz/ton) Au -
and Silver 2,596 g/t (75.7 oz/ton) Ag -
Recorder’s Office Opened in 1903.
Stewart in the early years.
In 1903 a Deputy Mining Recorder’s office was opened,
in charge of John Conway -
"Man's triumph over some of the severest obstacles
Nature has ever placed in the path of
mineral discovery and mine development."
HAULING MINE GEAR -
Attracted by an oxidized capping -
which still forms a bare ridge west of the main glory-hole -
Claims Cascade Nos. 4 and 8 along with an adjoining group
were taken over by 0. B. Bush,
who organized the Salmon-Bear River Mining Co. -
Crude ore shipped during 1919 and 1920 from Premier
averaged 4.24 ounces Gold and
141 ounces Silver per ton -
and milling began in 1921 at 200 tons per day.
This was increased in 1926 to 400 tons and an
average 430 tons per day was actually handled -
Silbak Premier commenced mining the lower part
of the high-grade sulphide lens during parts of 1960,
1961, and 1962.
Production from this one lens amounted to roughly 2,736 tons
of ore containing 18,595 ounces of Gold -
394,933 ounces of Silver -
16,258 pounds of Copper -
215,999 pounds of Lead -
and 322,118 pounds of Zinc -
POWERHOUSE AT PREMIER MINES
Silbak Premier Mines Limited, as well as the Premier Border
group purchased in 1958, produced about 4,700,000 tons of ore
from the deposit with gross earnings about $30,000,000.
Of this, approximately $22,000,000 was paid out in dividends -
Since 1953, the Silbak Premier Mines Limited -
glory-hole has produced another 26,000 tons of good ore.
To facilitate development of the property,
a road was built to Premier, a camp and powerhouse
erected at Hog Lake, and a small hydro dam constructed
at the west side of Long Lake to utilize
the Divide Lake-Long Lake storage basin.
As part of the mine development scheme, a 750-ton mill was built
underground between the 2,100- and 2,300-footlevels,
with tailings disposal and surface access on
the Salmon Glacier side of the ridge.
The present Granduc road now passes over the remains of the
surface tramway built to provide transport on the west slope
between the 2,300- and 2,800-footlevels. After initiating full
production in early 1938 and producing about 850,000tons of
Gold-Silver Ore, the property was abandoned in 1942 -
EARLY HYDRO STATION FOR PREIMER MINES
EMPIRE MINES CAMP
FIRST MINERS IN AREA
IT WASN'T EASY TO HAVE A BATH SOMETIMES
CHICKAMIN CABIN BUILT BY EARLY PROSPECTOR
ROADHOUSE WAS LOCATED AT FISH CREEK -
GOING TO PREMIER MINES
A 75-ton concentrator an aerial tram-line from the Dunwell
mill-site were constructed in l9lO.
A short spur-line from the Portland Canal Short Line Railway
was laid to the concentrator and the wagon-road -
to Stewart improved.
Reverend Father LeRay traveled around the territory
sometimes by aircraft.
This plane is one of the first in Stewart
ALBERT PETERSON IN DRILL CONTEST
SS CATALINA AT THE PREMIER DOCK
JACK RENNIE AND HERB CHARLTON WITH PACK HORSES
WOODEN SNOWSHOES WERE PUT ON HORSES -
SO THEY COULD GET THROUGH THE DEEP SNOW -
The company secured a charter for a railway from Stewart
to the interior, which was later acquired by S. D. D. Mann,
and the Portland Canal Short Line Railway was incorporated
and 14 miles of road built up the Bear River Valley
to Red Cliff.
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company with a portfolio of high potential Gold -
and Silver mines projects in British Columbia -
53A Broadway North,
Raymond, AB, CN T0K 2S0
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