Apex Mine Adit #2, WA 1892 -1941 

site visit 2011


The Apex mine of the Money Creek Mining District lies in a glacial cirque at an elevation of 3800 feet.  Apex consists of five adits totaling 2950 feet of haulage tunnel, plus an estimated 5000 feet of development in stopes and (13) raises. Adit 1, 100 feet long, cannot be seen on the surface.

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.  The lower-grade material was used to
backfill stopes, and the higher-grade material was hauled to the
aerial tramway for shipment (Patty, 1921). The total value of
production was about $300,000 at historic metal prices.

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.


Pelton wheel lower tram station Apex mine.

Entrance to adit #2.

Looking into adit #2

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  Tools near #2 and #3 adits.
Artifacts lower tram station. 

Looking out of the #2

Engine at lower tram station of Apex mine.

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.  


Apex lower tram terminal 1920's
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