Ron Hanko

Ron Hanko

Posted on 10/17/2015


Photo taken on October 16, 2015


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Damon and Pythias Mine

Damon and Pythias Mine
My apologies for being so late with comments today, but we were underground. My wife and I and three friends explored the Damon and Pythias Mine in the Skykomish area of the North Cascades. We had been told about this mine by an Ipernity friend who knew the area and had been in the mine and we went there first and then went on and bushwacked our way to Crater Lake, a small alpine lake in the same area. We had beautiful weather and an amazing day.

The Damon and Pythias Mine was a gold mine that was opened in the late nineteenth century and operated sporadically until the late nineteenth century. Silver, lead and arsenic were also taken from the mine which is a series of horizontal shafts with much of the old track for the ore cars and other equipment still in the mine. I'm not sure what the tank was used for but an old ore chute and shaft are just to the right and two other shafts to the left and straight ahead.

Annemarie, Scott Lilley, Eve, ~~~ and 15 other people have particularly liked this photo


29 comments - The latest ones
8adam8
8adam8
Fantastische Aufnahme, Ron. Es muss eine interessante Erfahrung sein, in die Stapfen der alten Goldsucher zu treten :)
22 months ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Never apologise Ron... life is for living my friend.

Please stay safe in these old mines.
22 months ago.
Tim Hanko
Tim Hanko
Very interesting photo, Ron, with some good info.
22 months ago.
Andreas Z.
Andreas Z.
Uncanny.
22 months ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Thanks for the information about this old mine Ron.
Taking underground photos is not always easy as I found out in Okinawa.
22 months ago.
Marvin Matthews
Marvin Matthews
I hope you have a piece of the pie, that would be another plus. Thanks Ron for posting. And I
believe this is a first underground for me. I'm sure it was a thrill being there.
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.
Monica Meeneghan
Monica Meeneghan
An interesting shot, Ron.
22 months ago.
Dave Hilditch
Dave Hilditch
Fascinating stuff, Ron. I guess you didn't find any samples.
22 months ago.
Proxar
Proxar
! ! ! Very beautiful shot!
22 months ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Outstanding capture!

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22 months ago.
Buck Ejitt
Buck Ejitt
Very interesting Ron,thanks for the info and stay safe in those mines!!!
22 months ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Fantastic shot.
22 months ago.
Rambonp
Rambonp
GREAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
22 months ago.
Danielle
Danielle
SUPERBE ********
22 months ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Fascinating but it looks like a grim working environment.
22 months ago.
yokopakumayoko Francesco
yokopakumayoko Franc…
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100%
22 months ago.
William Skelly
William Skelly
Interesting image .
22 months ago.
Sonja
Sonja
Odd name for a gold mine... Where there two partnered prospectors that hoped to stay friends after finding something?
22 months ago.
Ron Hanko has replied to Sonja
I, too, thought it odd but couldn't find an explanation of the name.
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.
(*NIKonGT*)
(*NIKonGT*)
Very exciting! Have a great sunday:-)
22 months ago.
Dave Roberts 2014
Dave Roberts 2014
Well taken Ron, nice rust colour.

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22 months ago.
Eve
Eve
Intéressant d'être dans les pas des anciens prospecteurs !
Il devait être pénible d'y travailler à l'époque !
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Also admired in Silver Surfers group!
22 months ago.
Scott Lilley
Scott Lilley
Very interesting photo.
22 months ago.
Esther
Esther
Did you find anything?
22 months ago.
Fizgig
Fizgig
Awesome capture of the rusty texture & color of that unknown tank =) If I remember correctly, this mine actually connects to the nearby Apex mine somewhere underground.

I wonder if the name of the mine has anything to do with the Damon and Pythias legend surrounding the Pythagorean ideal of friendship.
21 months ago.
Ron Hanko has replied to Fizgig
It does not actually connect with the Apex mine, but there was talk when the mine was active of connecting them, since they were on the same ore vein and separated by only a very short distance. As to the name of the mine, it almost certainly does have to do with the legend, but we cannot figure how or why.
21 months ago. Edited 21 months ago.
Fizgig has replied to Ron Hanko
Guess I don't remember correctly ;) Still interesting and all.... Found this interesting article excerpt which you might like to check out...
21 months ago. Edited 21 months ago.
Ron Hanko has replied to Fizgig
Maybe those are the guys for whom the mine is named!
21 months ago.