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Morning Star Mine

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

The adit at the Morning Star Mine (bobcat)


To reach this easternmost of the adits in the Little North Santiam Mining District, scramble up Blue Jay Creek's rocky gully, which is filled with boulders from the prospecting. The adit is perched above the creek and there is a ridge of waste rock at the end of the access road. Only a couple of moss-covered piles of timbers attest to the structures that were once here. Morning Star Mine (formerly the Blue Jay Mine), like the Ruth Mine, primarily produced zinc and lead although copper, silver, and gold are present in the area in small quantities. Lately, the Forest Service has been testing Blue Jay Creek for metal contaminants from the pile of tailings.

From near the adit, an overgrown access road leads down to rejoin FR 2209.

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