Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Old Days in Kingston Mine Area]
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old ox-team Freighter
“Ox teams were not so fast as the trucks used now to haul ore from the mines,” observed Cobe Goins, ninety year-old pioneer freighter, “but they got the ore out.”
Goins drove ten yokes of oxen to freight wagons of seven tons capacity and with tires four inches wide. He later replaced the oxen with 12 teams of mules to each wagon. Goins hauled ore from the paying mines in Kingston district, among them the Brush Heap, Gypsy, Blackie, Lady Franklin, Buillon, U.S, Cumberland, Calamity Jane, Keystone, and numbers of others.
When a [1500?] nugget was picked up at Blackie mine, seven miles north of Kingston, a rush to that district followed. The Bridal Chamber mine at Lake Valley was one of the beat paying in this section of the State. Blocks one yard square of almost pure native silver were often taken from this mine, and it has been roughly estimated that it produced ore worth between five and seven millions of dollars.
“There was danger in freighting such rich shipments,” said Goins, “and I always had a guard armed with a double barreled shotgun and two six shooters on my wagons, until the ore was placed on the cars in Lake Valley.”
Goins recalls how the knowledge of ores was responsible for the amassing of a small fortune by Dennis Finley, now a resident of Denver.