of the Nippissing District. Besides being commonly known as Temagami, the small
settlement village is also refer as Timagami by other individuals. However this
native/mining/ lumber settlement is also surrounded by a massive lake which is
identify as Temagami Lake. In general this large body of water is considered to
be either access from the Temagami Marina, or Finlayson Provincial park which
offers fine camping opportunities. Although camping is not the only thing that's
offer in Temagami as this region also offers fine wilderness canoeing trips.
Nevertheless the small municipality of Temagami was first discover by another
culture known as Anishnaabe which refers these citizens as the Temagami First
Nation. These fascinating individuals have strongly bin known to have resided in
this small settlement for the past 6.500 years. By 1834 the small unknown
settlement soon experience its first wave of European settlers who had bought
many furs from the fur trading outposts. These small scale business operations
became control by the Anishnaabe Aboriginal Culture. With fascinating interests
in purchasing some land on Temagami Island the Hudson's Bay Company decided to
develop their own store that same year. At this time period the settlement
didn't really have its own name till Dan O'Connor decided to develop his own
Steam Ship Company which operated on Timiskaming Lake. Besides his own steam
ship business this brilliant individual form the town site of Temagami in 1903
when he constructed his own store.
Before this individual had entered the business game he was commonly born and raised in
Pembroke, Ontario, Canada. But eager enough he decided to move from Pembroke to Sudbury
to face is real dreams in learning more about the economy, life and industry when he became
Sudbury's second Mayor in 1894. While serving as a mayor for three years in Sudbury he decided to
move on to bigger and better things. While prospecting the far north this small business men came
across a native settlement which wasn't really name or anything. So with power to do so he establish
a small community which was found as Temagami. He also created his owm hotel operations on
Temagami Lake which are identify as Lady Evelyn Hotel, The Temagami Inn and the legendary
Dan O'connors main purpose for developing a town site was to secure prospecting grounds for any
mineral resources in this area. However the area was soon open up even more as better
transportation became establish. The Timiskaming & Northern Ontario Railway had serve this
settlement as another easy transportation route in 1905. This significant accommodation soon
uncover the burry treasures which really lye beneath the earths surfaces. Some of these
discoveries we're strongly noted as Copper, Gold, Nickel and lots of Silver Mines. In fact the small
mining settlement of Cobalt, Ontario, was mainly form from the many silver mines which produced
in this region. As news spread Dan O'connor him self had known this area for potential mineral
resources. He also establish three mining operations which became identify as Big Dan Mine, Little
Dan Mine, and the great O'connor mining operations. All these claims we're commonly located near
lakes which were identify as Iron Lake, Vermillion Lake, and KoKoKo Lake. Soon enough the new
settlement town of Temagami was breaking a massive population growth as many prospectors
decided to enter the mining game. Some of these impress individuals developed mining operations
like Barton Mine, Beanland Mine, Hermiston-McCauley Mine, Kanichee Mine, Northland Pyrite Mine,
Priest Mine, Sherman Mine, Temagami-Lorrain Mine and the great Copperfields mine which produce
some of the best copper resources in Canada alone.
In general mining history the legendary Big Dan Mine was the first discovery by the Business Man Dan O'Connor. His discovery became identify as a small gold barring deposit which was worth enough to mine for. Although while doing more sample tests this part time prospector soon discover another important resource of silver while discovering some Arsenic material. The gold and silver became the mines primary commodities while the arsenic was listed as a secondary commodity resource. By 1899 the big man Dan created his own test pits which essay at a valuable level of Gold and Silver resource extractions. With pure evidence of mineral explorations the business man decided to develop his own mining operation which would included an Inclined shaft and a Vertical Shaft Operation. The Inclined shaft it self was estimated to be sunken down to 350 feet while the Vertical shaft was only sunk to 49 feet All these methods of mining had soon developed and created several test pit trenches, an adit and two mine shaft operations. The mine it self wasn't considered as a big operation or project as it only consisted of 29 feet of cross cutting. I guess this was mainly due to the ore resource being at a low grade past a certain point in its own operation.
By 1906 the mine was considered to be at a steady pace when company officials decided to hire the Temagami Milling and Mining company to develop their own Mining and milling facility. As ore resource came from the mine it eventually became extremely exhausted as it went on to further processing. Besides constructing their own mining mill company officials even created a railway siding which was identify as Grey's Siding. This network of railway became the main shipping network for ore that was processed at the mill. Generally mill processing was conducted for the purpose of refining gold and silver from ore material which came from the mine. This material was extracted by an open cut method commonly known as an adit which haul the ore with a skip. As this massive piece of machinery operated it would then dump the ore into a blake Jaw Crusher. In general this piece of machinery is commonly design to break up rock particles for further processing. By the time this stage was complete the massive ore was then dry before it went on to roll crushers for sizing. This method later processed the ore in three Kriem Air Separators in the mills compound, Once these separators had concentrated the ore resource it was then baggage and shipped away to their clients. Nevertheless another material known as arsenic was also mined at this time period. The Arsenic vein which was
discover in the Big Dan Mine was estimated to be 59 feet long and 1 foot wide.
The Big Dan Mine was commonly destroy by a massive forest fire which had swept through the city of Temagami, Ontario, Canada. It was commonly known for the closure of several mine operation within this area. Besides destroying mines it also burn down the Temagami railway station which was built two years before this massive fire happen. By no time the train station was rebuild and served as a junction point for the Timiskaming & Northern Ontario Railway line once again.
After this massive devastating fire had swept through the Temagami region several mines became closed due to low profit budgeting. Soon enough the legendary Big Dan Mine became re-operational and incorporated its own mining company call The Big Dan Mines Limited. According to full out details this massive piece of land was cover by more then 500 acres of claimed land which was staked under claim # WD271. This massive claim is also strongly known for consisting 8 claims to its legendary claim #. As upgrades continue the big
Dan mine now had its own road which was establish on highway 11. The road became extremely important to company officials as it provided faster access to this claim boundary, Even if company officials establish a road they soon became discourage to mine in this area as 2,500 feet of diamond drilling didn't provide any good results. The company and its own mine was soon sold to another mining firm known as United Reef Petroleum's Limited in 1965. In general mining history the new company owners started their venture of by performing line cutting, Geological Mapping, Magnetometer surveying and sampling methods. But they to
didn't uncover much valuable ore resources either. Much of the shafts became all flooded in when company officials abandon this mining claim.
In general geological terminology the Big Dan Mine is commonly under a land formation known as the Green Stone Belt which dates back to 2,687 million year ago. However indications of this formation have indicated that this land was apart of active volcanism which took place 49 million years ago. Geological identification has claim that this partial land formation is made from Metamorphosed igneous and Sedimentary rock deposit. The big Dan mine is commonly apart of the younger volcanic complex that's made from Mafic Vocanic Rocks in the Temagami Greenstone belt. Indication of this formation are known to consist of Intrusions which penetrate the complex and its three major zones. These zones are commonly charicturize as the Northeast Arm Deformation Zone, the Link lake deformation zone, and not least the Net lake- Vermillion Lake Deformation Zone. Mineral formation at the Big Dan mine is commonly known for consisting of Arsenopyrite, Chalcopyrite, Pyrite, and Pyrrhotite. The metals which were extracted from this location are also identify as Nickel, Copper, and Zink shear zone.
Besides just the big Dan Mine Dan O'Connor also own and operated two other mining ventures which were identify as Little Dan Mine and the O'Connor Mine projects. The Little Dan Mine was mainly an underground gold producing mine located on the shores of Arsenic Lake in Temagami, Ontario Canada. Beside only little Dan Mine the business man also own his own surface mine operation at the O'Connor mine projects. This mining venture was known for the development of several open trenches and pits which extracted many different resources. Some of the resource which became extracted from this area include primary commodities like Copper, Sulphur, Pyrite, and Nickel. The other secondary commodities are considered to be a low grade gold and zinc veins.
However many mines soon face difficulties when the Temagami Land Caution had hit in 1973. This massive regulation soon enforce a territorial dispute between the Teme-Augama Anishnabai.culture. It was commonly known for abandoning the sales and development of mines in Strathy Township that's located in the Temagami, Ontario, Canada region. Some of these operations which fell under this act included mines like The Kanichee Mine, Beanland Mine, Big Dan Mine, Hermiston- McCauley Mine, J.W Barten Mine, L.D Norrie Mine, Manitoba and Eastern Mine, Ousloud-Hurst Mine, Sey Bert Mine, Sherman mine and the Temagami Mines. Nevertheless the Temagami Land Caution had only lasted for a few years before the Supreme Court of Canada had decided to lift this act in 1995. From this point onward the Temagami Region was officially open for any kind of mining operations and sales.