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Adams Mine

Just outside of Kirkland Lake, at one of the highest elevations in the province, is a large open pit mine comprising of six open pits. The site should be familiar to anyone who lived in Ontario during the 1990's, as the Adams Mine was made infamous by the failed plan of Metropolitan Toronto to use the abandoned pits as a massive landfill. Opposition to the plan was swift, and while Toronto abandoned the plan in October 2000, but the plan itself was finally killed in 2003, when the newly elected Liberal Party finally pulled the permits for the site to be used as a landfill.

Location attributes for Adams Mine
Location   Timiskaming District, Ontario
Built :: Closed   1963 :: 1990
Status   Abandoned
Difficulty   ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Hazards Risk   ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Security Risk   ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
AUE Rating   ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Iron at the site was originally discovered in 1906, but with the silver and gold rushes nearby, the site was passed over until the early 1960's. At that time, the site was developed by the Jones and Laughlin Steel Corp of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with first production occurring in 1964. The site was sold to Dofasco Steel of Hamilton, Ontario in 1971, and remained in service until 1990, when the economics of removing the ore overtook the value. Other than the ill-fated garbage plan, the site has sat completely idle.

The view from the old workings is impressive; looking to the east one can see Mt Cheminis a good 30km in the distance, rising above the surrounding highlands. For the most part, the site consists of barren land around the pits, with a couple of buildings still standing and several concrete foundations dotting the landscape. Of the three buildings still standing, one was surround by recently installed fencing, while a second was completely swarmed by bumblebees. We opted not to look too closely at these buildings.

The third building is the largest on the site, consisting of office space connected to a large maintenance garage. Time has not been kind to the office areas, with extensive water damage leading to mold and fungus growth occurring. Instead, I opted to spend more of my time in the maintenance area, documenting the decay there. Among the areas there was an intact dry house consisting of hanging baskets on pulley systems for the miners effects, and the only one I have seen during all of my explores.

Beyond these building, there is also a large concrete pad of unknown purpose, located near a large hydro gantry that has since been disconnected from the grid. A couple of foundations also poke out of the overgrowth nearby, their purposes unknown.

All-in-all, Adams Mine made for an excellent afternoon explore in blissful Northern Ontario.

Hanging Baskets of Past Times - July 2019 (Extra Restricted Content)
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