Copper King Mine
Arrowsmith: A Promising Section
The return of a prospecting party to Nanaimo from Mount Arrowsmith with reports of rich finds of mineral has raised the hopes of the residents of Coal City that before long a big mining camp will be established tributary to their thriving town, and strong companies are likely to be formed to exploit the district which gives so much promise of yielding handsome returns.
In the summer of 1905 Andrew Klarsch, Smith Moore and William Sheppard directed their attention to Mount Arrowmsith. Leaving the main wagon road of Alberni they crossed through swamp, forest and thickets which abound on the foothills and toiling up higher and higher they reached a portion of the mountain where the rocks were more exposed and to their delight, at an altitude of 3,000 feet, quartz croppings were discovered. Needless to say, hammer, drill and dynamite did the rest. With samples that would make any prospector's hearts glad, they returned to Nanaimo, interested about seven people and set back to do development work, which continued until winter set in. With an earlier start, a larger grubstake, and more capital to support them, they resumed operations this year, the result that copper ore high in value, equalling the best that Vancouver Island has to show, is now being exhibited by them. It also carries silver and gold, and that copper will be the predominating mineral is certain.
Two lodes have been traced for 1,000 feet, and running parallel, about 200 feet apart, and are six feet in width. From one of the lodes branch a number of stringers, of varying widths. A tunnel, 4x6 Feet, is being driven in; the direction of the lodes is northeast.
The mountain belongs to the andesite class - its rock, post cretaceous, being of a much more recent date than Mount Buttle, or Spencer, of the Dunsmuir district.
Four lakes are in the immediate vicinity of the claims, and with the several streams closely associated, would furnish all the water supply and power necessary to run a fully developed mine.
When the mining men of our country begin to consider the immense area of the mineral belt of Vancouver Island, commencing at the San Juan district in the south, then the Cowichan, Seymour, Dunsmuir, Alberni, Great Central Lake extending north to Campbell River, a distance of nearly 200 miles in length, and knowing that in some of these districts where capital has been sufficient large revenue-producing mines are to be found, then they will awaken to the large possibilities lying before them, says the Free Press. A glance at the monthly report of the Tyee mine of Mount Sicker is conclusive evidence in itself.
That Mount Arrowsmith, being a mountain of unbroken formation, has a similar future before it is almost certain, and only awaits the efforts of men of larger means to make it yield up its riches.