Silver Meadows Mine



Old Pace mine/ Spanish mine
Faded Footprints pg. 13
"Dave Betts and Chad Hardman of Kamas Valley are partners in an old mine on the Silver Meadows. That mine's location has been well known for a long time now, but recent development work as well as research into its history now indicates that it may be an old Spanish mine, perhaps two hundred years old! Until recently, most everyone referred to it as the Old Pace mine, and assumed that i had been dug by A.C. Pace and others sometime after 1906; but examination of mining records at the Wasatch County Courthouse, as well as information gleaned from interviewing old-timers living at Heber City and Kamas Valley has proven that the mine was an old one when it was first seen by Pace."


In the rest of the story told by George states that the shaft was 200 ft. deep. I estimate it to only be 75 ft. at the most.






Another Silver Meadows Mine
In George Thompsons book "Faded Footprints" (pg. 12) he shares the following story:
"Just over the top of Lake Creek Ridge, near the head of Wolf Creek, there is an old Spanish mine. It is easy to find once, but I've learned that it's real hard to find a second time. Several people have seen it, but then couldn't find their way back a short time later. It's in sight of the Silver Meadows, but hidden in a thick stand of pines, not far from a small mountain lake. It may be the mine described by Hever City's Wasatch Wave. That old report stated: "Two men have found an old mine east of Heber City, near the shore of a mountain lake. The ruins of an ancient arrastra (a primitive Spanish mill) were found near the mine. Ore samples carry sensational values in gold!" That description matches the old mine near the Silver Meadows."


pg. 13
"Along a small creek in a rocky canyon below where the mine was supposed to be located, I came upon what appeared to be the site of an old smelter. Among the fallen rocks which may have been part of its foundation, I picked up several pieces of metal, which looked as though they had been spilled or splattered on the ground while still in a molten state. Trapped in that slag were several bits of rock, caught when the liquid metal flowed around them. The metal was corroded into a dull gray color, and was very heavy. The pieces could easily be bent. Several weeks later I asked an assayer at the Park City mine where I was then working to examine some of the strange metal. His assay revealed that it was a silver-lead bullion. I found that metal less than a mile from where I later found the old mine."

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