Apex Mine Adit #4, WA 1892 -1983 

site visit 2011


Return trip to the second part of the Apex Mines.  This trip covered the upper tram terminal, former bunk house, and mill site.  Including Adit #4.

The Apex mine of the Money Creek Mining District lies in a glacial cirque at an elevation of 3800 feet. 

The Apex deposit was discovered during 1892 by John Maloney, an engineer for the Great Northern Railway.  It was one of the first discoveries in the district.

Initially, the mill used water-washed tables to concentrate ore, but a 75-ton flotation unit was added in 1938. Government funds made it possible to complete a mine-to-market road in 1940, replacing the light rail line on Money Creek.

A 1650-foot woodstave flume, 22 inches in diameter, carried water from Lake Elizabeth to a Pelton wheel for electrical power generation.

Source WA DNR Report 2001-2
Fritz E Wolff, Donald McKay Jr. David Norman

From its discovery in 1889 until closure in 1941 under War Production Board order L-208, the mine produced about $300,000 at historic metal prices.

Chassis of an ore cart. 

Looking down the tailings.

Cribbing in the creek is all that is left of the main haulage tunnel #4 adit. 

Steel culvert that had been used as a bunk house. 

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   Diesel fuel tank.

Artifacts at upper tram station. 
Shiv wheel of the upper tram station.  
Artifacts upper tram station. 

Inside the crosscut.

Crushed ore bucket    

Looking out of the crosscut.
Unfinished more recent crosscut attempting to intersect the old #4 workings. 

Apex mine bunkhouse and upper tram terminal around 1900.


Haulage track Illinois 1909 
Looking up into ceiling of the tunnel.

An Important Reminder:  We strongly recommend you stay out of abandoned mines altogether unless accompanied by a guide familiar with the mine, safety and its structural condition.  

Scrap haulage track. 

The remnants of the collapsed bunkhouse and upper tram terminal. 
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