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Mines were noisy, too

Posted: Wednesday, July 05, 2000

Excerpts from the Treadwell Mine Historic Trail and Guide publication by the Gastineau Channel Historical Society and the Take Conservation Society:

``In 1899 the Alaska Treadwell Gold Mining Company erected a 300 stamp mill at this site, the largest number of stamps then under one roof in the world. . . . Each 1,020 pound stamp, dropping 8.5 inches 98 times per minute, crushed six tons of ore daily to a fineness that would allow the ore to pass, with a stream of water, through a wire screen with 40 holes per square inch. The pounding of the stamps made so much noise that people in the downtown Douglas Cafe had to shout to be heard. When the mills shut down only two days a year, for Christmas and the 4th of July, people could not sleep because it was so quiet ...

``Approximately 2,000 men worked eight-hour shifts, seven days a week, 363 days a year, with no vacations. In 1910 miners' wages averaged $100 per month.''

Do you think our Juneau-Douglas community would be in existence today if they'd had ``noise abatement committees?''

Citizens Against WhinersC.A. Mann

Douglas



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