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PHOTOS OF THE WHITE ELEPHANT GOLD MINE

NEAR FINTRY at KELOWNA BC

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The White Elephant showing is located 25 kilometres west- southwest of Vernon BC, north of Shorts Creek.

The White Elephant (082LSW042) mesothermal vein deposit produced 63,170 grams of gold and 9,549 grams of silver from 5,146 tonnes mined in the period from 1922 to 1935. 

In 1921, a 2-metre shaft had been completed and in 1922 about 264 tonnes of mineralized rock were shipped producing 5,257 grams of silver and 13,468 grams of gold.

In 1924, Okanagan Premier Mines Ltd. extended the shaft to 30 metres and drove a 60-metre crosscut.

In 1928, Pre-Cambrian Mines Ltd. continued underground exploration and in 1929, mining from the pyrrhotite lens produced 27 tonnes of pyrrhotite concentrate, containing low gold values.

Production from the quartz vein during the period 1933-35, totalled 4882 tonnes and produced 4,292 grams of silver and 49,702 grams of gold.

The photos below were taken in 2007.  Please wait for the photos to load as there are many on this page and they will take awhile.

White Elephant gold mine full of water
This is the White Elephant gold mine (shaft hole) which is full of water.

 

White Elephant gold mine shaft full of water
This is another closer view of the water in the shaft at White Elephant Mine (two pictures together above)

 

White Elephant gold mine cabin
This is the cabin where they melted the gold and strip searched the miners before they went home for the day.  There is a bench in the shack where the miners sat.

 

Hole at White Elephant gold mine near Fintry BC
There is a hole in the mountain at the White Elephant gold mine.

 

Gold mine hopper at White Elephant gold mine was on fire October 2006
This was the hopper that was on fire October 2006.  The hopper was still standing, but the firemen had to knock it down during the fire.

 

Iron Ore
This is iron ore... its really heavy.

 

Below is quartzite from the White Elephant gold mine

   

Quartzite

Quatzite

 

Quartzite

 

 

Mine tailings at the White Elephant gold mine Fintry BC
There is a huge pile of gold mine tailings at White Elephant gold mine. The tailings are a yellowish brown colour.

 

Large square stone used to melt gold.
This is a large square stone they used to melt the gold.  There was an indent in the top of the square stone where they put the gold and then they heated up the stone enough for the gold to melt.  You can see the square indent in the stone (photo below) where there is a handle which they turned and it released the gold and the gold came out of a spout shown in (photo above).

 

One end of the large stone used to melt gold at the White Elephant gold mine.
This is the handle which the gold miners turned to let the gold out after it was melted.

 

White Elephant gold mine slush box.
Slush box in the bush at the White Elephant gold mine at Fintry BC

 

White Elephant gold mine slush box (closer view)
This is the slush box where they separated the gold at the White Elephant gold mine near Fintry BC.

 

Another picture of the slush box at the White Elephant gold mine as well as a tressel
Another picture of the slush box, and beside the slush box was a tressel.

 

Piece of tressel at the White Elephant gold mine.
Tressel at the White Elephant gold mine.

 

White Elephant gold mine tressel piece
This is another piece of tressel at the White Elephant gold mine.

 

Old fashioned water line at the White Elephant gold mine at Fintry BC
Old fashioned water line at the White Elephant gold mine.

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Equipment from the White Elephant mine on the Ewings Landing dock to be loaded onto C.P.R. barge

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Archie Clark discovered and operated the White Elephant Gold Mine above Fintry. Source www.sunnyokanagan.com

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Fintry Protected area Feb 2006

The Okanagan Lake Westside Road right-of-way crosses through the lower section of the protected area.

As directed through the Okanagan-Shuswap LRMP, the lower portion of the protected area will be retained under the Environment Land Use Act to allow for potential relocation of the Westside Road, potential development of logging road access through the northeast corner of
the protected area and possible upgrade of the White Elephant non-status road.

The protected area was established through recommendations of the Okanagan-Shuswap Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP) under the Environment Land Use Act with provision that the Okanagan Lake Westside Road right-of-way may be relocated through the area. Allowance is also made for potential development of a forest access road through the northeast corner of the protected area and possible upgrade of the White Elephant non-status road.

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Source http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/PubDocs/bcdocs/402536/fintry_pa_ps.pdf

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