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Ruth Mine Level 4

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

The portal at Level 4 (bobcat)
Equipment near the adit (bobcat)


A multi-story structure which stood next to Ruth Creek on FR 2209 is now collapsed and the creek runs over its floor boards. Scramble up the creek to the Ruth Mine Level 4 adit (Levels 1, 2, and 3, the other adits on the Ruth #1 claim, are short prospects farther up the slope; Ruth Mine Level 5 is down on Battle Ax Creek). There’s a wooden portal here and the shaft is gated. However, a side entrance, where the bat gate has been shifted to allow human entry, allows entrance to the tunnel. The latter has been dynamited to the right, but you can see down to the main portal. There are tracks and equipment (compressor, ore cart, etc.) strewn about near the portal. Ruths 4 and 5 were connected by two 180-foot raises (vertical shafts).

An overgrown access road on the west side of the creek at the same level as the portal. In the woods above and below this road, as well as below FR 2209, you'll find the mossy remains of buildings abandoned in the 1950s, and most of which collapsed in the Big Snow of 1968.

The Ruth Mines were prospected originally as the Lewis & Clark Mines at the beginning of the 20th century, but it was not until the mid-1930s that Amalgamated Mines excavated with earnest. Most mining here was abandoned by the 1950s although some prospecting continued to the 1980s.

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