Much attention was being triggered to this area after the Cobalt Rush had spark a staking rush within the Nipissing District. Prospecting on the Priest Silver-Copper-gold Mine project had taken place in 1907, when the property was staked by Cross Lake Mining Company, Limited. In addition it was stated that the company had held a total of nine unpatented mining claims in Torrington Township, Nipissing Distirct, Ontario, Canada. Explorations within these claims were considered to have taken place on an Island that was located on Cross Lake. A small amount of test pitting, and some trenching had revealed a silver vein, which resembled the early Cobalt Rush at the time.
Development of this area included the sinking of an inclined shaft, that was sunken on the main silver vein zone. Shaft sinking had continued to follow this vein for a depth of 75 feet below the surface, and the waters of Cross Lake. It was addition stated that the main shaft was sunken on a 40 degree angle, and a bearing of 210 degrees. More explorations also occurred 300 feet to the north of the shaft when a pit was sunk on a flat lying carbonated quartz vein. Examinations of the vein had reavled it to have a width of 12 inches, with a small amount of chalcopyrite that occurred within it. Further statements stated that this area could indicate a parrallel occurrances to the silver vein already being worked.
Veining within the shaft area is known to have its own strike to the east-west and dips 40 degrees to the south, with a slight plunge or dip downward to the east. Other statements had stated that this vein is known to be entirely of quartz, and varies from 4 inches to 24 inches in width.The wall rock that travels through the shaft is known to be in a Cobalt greywacke, with a showing of some pronounced north-south shearing and some carbonated quartz showings. It was stated that in one place of the shaft hanging wall had broken into the carbonated quartz, and two other veins became disclosed, one of 25 inch, and the other of 15 inches in width. No drifting was reported to have been done on the silver veins at the time of exploring this area further. More statements had stated it was very evident that good minerlaization had occurred within the shaft are. Most of this was being judge from the high-grade ore,which was found in the muck, and some more high-grade ore was noted in the dumps. This whole entire geological mineralization was considered to have consisted of pyrite, chalcopyrite, and galena. A small amount of gold was also stated to have been associated with the pyrites that occurred within this mineralization. Samples at the time we're also being collected from the bottom of the shaft and had indicated the following assays.
Samples taken across 15 inches
Gold 0.03 oz, Silver 2.26 ounces, copper 5.03%, and lead 2.39%
Samples taken across 8 inches
Gold 0.01 oz, silver 2.13 ounces, copper 0.35%, and lead 4.99%
1955- Cross Lake Mining Company, Limited
Another attempt at explorations were being conducted in 1955, when the shaft was officially dewatered, and sampled. Diamond drilling within 1955 had consisted of 4 surface holes to unknown lengths. Nothing else had taken place at this time period of conducting explorations procedures. Sampling of the newly drilled area is unknown due to the minimum information obtained in 1955.