Sunday, June 6, 2010
Spring SKIP Week 6 - Pioneers and Early Industrialism
We couldn't go down into the mine yet because it has not been opened for the season, but we urged everyone to come back this summer for a tour. (Once regular programming begins, schedules will be posted on the main Friends website.) We headed to the top of the mine, where we could peer down into the "glory hole," the main pit where the minerals were extracted using an ore bucket. At first horses would have been used to pull the bucket up, but eventually the Silver Queen acquired a steam engine, which would have made things a bit easier.
(As an interesting aside, we noted the enclosure that houses the steam engine was filled with a variety of plants, including lovely wild strawberries, that couldn't be seen outside of the fence. These plants are protected by the fence from animals, such as deer, coming along and nibbling them.)
We scooted back down the trail to the clubhouse where we enjoyed some delicious snacks from our own "cook," Beth, who was Skipper for the day. She treated us to a sampling of ginger beer (non-alcoholic, of course).