Guilford Center Silver Mine workers, ca. 1940

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Guilford Center Silver Mine workers, ca. 1940

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Guilford Center Silver Mine Workers are shown about 1940.

The silver mine is in the old Guilford Center. There is a tunnel more than 150-feet long in the ledge at the Silver Mine.

In 1864, gold was found in a ledge on the brow of a steep hill on the farm of Lysander Bennett, property that had initially been owned by Captain Bennett. Thinking that there might be rich veins beneath, portions of the hill were blasted away and, through a smelting process, both gold and silver were found.

A company was formed, and a conditional purchase of the farm was arranged. The company blasted a tunnel six feet square from the top of the hill, in a perpendicular line from the outcroppings at the top. It was a slow, expensive job, and very little was found.

The enterprise was abandoned with heavy losses to the investors.

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About This Item

  • Title: Guilford Center Silver Mine workers, ca. 1940
  • Creator: Guilford Historical Society
  • Creation Date: circa 1940
  • Subject Date: circa 1940
  • Local Name: Guilford Center
  • Town: Guilford
  • County: Piscataquis
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Local Code: 1000.22
  • Object Type: Image

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Guilford Historical Society
PO Box 893, Guilford, ME 04443
(207) 876-4501
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