Ontario's Historical Plaques
Learn a little Ontario history as told through its plaques
Ontario's First Gold Mine
Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted December, 2010
Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted December, 2010
Coordinates: N 44 35.292 W 77 31.202
In August, 1866, Marcus Herbert Powell, Clerk of the Division Court and part-time prospector, struck gold nearby on the farm of John Richardson. The following year Ontario's first gold mine went into production on that site and the community of Eldorado was founded. The Richardson Mine proved unprofitable and soon ceased operation, but its discovery caused a substantial gold rush to the surrounding region. A number of small gold mines were subsequently established in southeastern Ontario, including the Deloro, Gilmour, Cordova, Feigle, Bannockburn and Golden Fleece. Owing to decreasing ore values, wasteful recovery methods and shortage of capital, most of these mines were abandoned after a few years of operation.
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Posted September 8, 2012
We were on vacation and drove by the area only to see the plaque itself. I find it sad that not much more could have been mentioned. Would it not seem prudent that the locals could have traced to where the actual mine was and started a new tourist area? This could ignite a new local economy (tourism). I think we're losing way too much of our history due to gov cutbacks... just a thought
Posted June 16, 2012
Hmm, is someone trying to hide that Historic Plaque? Great information. With todays technology, I wonder if it's worth digging in Eldorado again?
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