A miner washes ore in a stream with a "cradling" apparatus. From "A History of Mining in Iowa County" by Stanley T. Holland: ". . . wash places [were] built along the creeks. A forked post was set in the ground close to a dammed up pool in a creek. Then a long pole was mounted in the crotch of the forked post, and a slotted box was then mounted on the end of the pole, next to the pool. Then the lead was shovelled into the slotted box and the pole was shifted backwards and forwards in the post crotch to get the right balance, according to the load in the box. Then a man on the end of the pole would jiggle the box up and down in the the pool and dissolve the dirt to wash the lead, as no dirt was supposed to be on the lead. . . . It was hard work, but the only way they had to clean lead and process it before smelting." The full view from which this image is taken is available in this collection under the title "Pasture and stream with miner, full view."
Mineral Point; Linden;
Mining; Mining equipment; Miners; Farms;
Mineral Point Historical Society
Glass Plate Negative Collection
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