It was the Manxman Gold Mining Company that had brought this prospect to development stage in 1902. The main shaft at the time was once situated on historical claim 1229 and was discovered near other gold producing mines in the Wawa area. Rather higher amount of development work took place by hand crank drills and tools used. The No. 1 “Prospect Shaft” at the time had been sunk upon a quartz vein to a depth of 38.40 metres below the surface. Lateral development continued to a take place by completing 30.48 metres of drifting to the south and 5.48 metres to the north.
One of the very first claims to be staked in the area had been discovered by J. Teare, which became named the “Mabel Claim”. Unlike the “Prospect Shaft” area the “Mabel Claim” was situated on historical claim No. 641. Most of the mining that was done had been confined to a dyke of quartz porphyry and had underwent quarrying methods. Work would be confined to a face of about 38.10 m to the east with an average height of 6.09 m. Mining operations were confined to taking out 300 tons of rock from the quarry.
Another shaft at the time was being sunk on a 40° angle, which was 1.82 m by 1.82 m as it was sunk 6.09 m. below the surface. Sinking of the No. 2 Shaft was done for exploration reasons as it was sunk upon quartz vein in a dike with an average width of 0.30 m. Following this major development work it was foreseen that the company would decide to bring in a Fraser and Chalmers 10 stamp mill. Much of the foundation for the mill was completed by the end of 1902 at the “Manxman Gold Mine”. Foundations at the time had also been completed with the mortars in place, and mill building had been sided up for operation. Power at the time was being supplied by the engine and boiler formerly in use at the “Shaft Claim” on historical claim No. 1229. The former mill at the time was once situated near a small lake known as Norwalk Lake as it was named in the 1930’s. A decision would also be made towards conveying the ore by the use of horse tram. With major development work taking place the Manxman Gold Mining Company had hired on a total of 30 employees. These workers had been place under the management of Angus Gibson, and J. W. Douglas as assistant manager.
No additional work would be done during the following year of 1903, as the Manxman Gold Mining Company would focus on repairing the mill. The newly mill had been officially completed and several mill test runs would be made. A few of the workers were now at work taking out the ore for the much needed mill test at the “Manxman Gold Mine”. Much of the down falls had occurred when the mill had needed ore in order to be in consistent operation at the site.
The property had lay idle to till about 1908, when it was taken up by the Norwalk Mining Company. During this period of time the property was renamed from the “Manxman” to the “Norwalk Gold Mine”. A shaft at the time had been sunk on a quartz vein, which had been angled at 40°, and has an east and west strike. The No. 1 Shaft at this point in time was now reaching its own depth of 42.06-metres with a level station on the 33.52-metre horizon. Lateral development would progress onward as drifts were driven 7.62-metres to the west and 7.62 metres to the east. Power that was obtained to the mine would be taken from the Algoma Power Company at “High Falls” under contract agreements. Some of the other changes had included a 6-inch by 8-inch hoist that was put in and a 40 H.P. return tubular boiler was kept in reverse.
Within the year of 1909, the newly formed “Norwalk Mine” had now been place into operation for most of 1909. Shaft sinking at this time was continued onward as it now reached a depth of 64.00-metres below the surface. On the first level drifts were driven 7.62 metres to the north and south. Much attention would also be followed when drifts were driven on the second level by 22.86-metres to the south and 6.09 metres to the north. Attention was gained towards the old ten stamp mill that was remodelled and a 25 H.P. motor would become installed for operation. There once was a 50 H.P. motor at the mine to operate the new compressor that was put in. One of the acting managers for the mine was Samuel Moore.
Norwalk Gold Mines had undertaken shaft sinking in a new spot known as the “Fred C Shaft area” in 1910. Most of this was done a bit further away from the Norwalk Gold Mine Site at a distance of approximately 1 km. The “Fred C” Shaft would be put down to a depth of 39.01-metres as 15.24-m. level would become extended by 15.24 m. of drifting. It was closure to the end of 1910, when Lapage Gold Mining Company took over ownership of the companies former mining projects in Michipicoten.
Within 1919, the Grace Mining Company, Limited. had acquired working rights and leases to work the Manxman Gold Mine. Most of the work had been aimed at dewatering the main No. 1 Shaft that became extended down to a depth of 77.41-metres. By this time the company had a total capitalization of nearly 1,000,000 par value before ceasing work.
Candore Exploration's 1963 diamond drilling program
Gold mineralization is generally associated with the major shear zones at the Norwalk Gold Mine. Gold is found within quartz vein systems, lenses and pods within shear, and breccia zones of various rock types. Recrystalized quartz and minor amounts of sulphide minerals that include pyrite, arsenopyrite, and chalcopyrite are present in gold zones.
Exploration efforts will be mainly targeted on auriferous Greenstone-Hosted quartz carbonate vein systems. Line cutting ground geophysics trends are possible to extension for exploration potential of the gold mineralized occurrences at the Norwalk Mine. This surface exploration program would be followed by diamond drilling of about 1,000 m, to test the current gold showings. It would also include high interest geophysical anomalies and prospecting targets outlined.
On August 22, 2017, RTM Minerals Corp announces high-grade gold assays of up to 64.04 g/Mt Au from 32 grab samples collected from muck piles, trenches, and adit at the historical Norwalk Gold Mine.
It was also in 2017, when RTM Mineral Corp was focusing on completing 31 kilometres of surface geophysical survey that covers parts of the company’s property. This will be followed by a diamond drilling program on completion of the IP (induced polarization) and magnetic survey of the area. It was determined if the diamond drilling program would commence during this time period of conducting exploration efforts on the Norwalk Gold Property.
On September 7th, the company would announce the completion of 31 kilometres of ground magnetic and induced polarization geophysical program. The property is formerly secured by an option of 1,000 acres of the Norwalk Gold Mine Property situated near Wawa, Ontario, Canada. So far to date, this program had identified over 70 near surface IP anomalies with a general north-south trending strike length. The IP anomalies are generally associated with magnetic high responses for 400 metres north and 400 metres south of the historical workings.
Other efforts were aimed at mobilizing a Phase 1 diamond drilling program and will test up to 15 drill targets with some 2,000 metres of core drilling. Its scheduled to continue the 2017 drilling program under favourable results from Phase 1.
On October 19, 2017, RTM Mineral Corp announced it’s completion of 10 shallow NQ Core Drill holes of 807 metres to test 5 of the 69 IP targets, power stripping, prospecting, geological mapping, and samples taken from the Red Carbonate Zone (“RCZ”). A total of 15 grab samples had also been collected from the newly discovered (“RCZ”) Zone. The “RCZ” area would than undergo go trenching and stripping of 25 metres by 25 metres. This newly discovered area had consisted of brown crystalline carbonated body which is approximately 2 metres to 15 metres in width and host approximately 25% quartz veining. Its also the hanging and footwalls of the “RCZ” that had returned up to 13.37 g/t in gold. The hanging wall, footwalls, and carbonate veins of the “RCZ” are locally mineralized with 2 to 3% sulphides, and all units have the potential to be gold bearing.