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Subject: [NYSTLAWR] Re: ore mines
Date: 9 Jun 2003 19:18:18 -0600
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In the southeast part of the town lead ore (galena) has been taken out in considerable quantities, the vein containing lead, copper, zinc, and silver. The zinc crystals are very fine. Pyrites containing thirty-six per cent of sulphur and free from arsenic, and barites or heavy spar (used in mixing paint) are found here, the latter north of the Oswegatchie. Feldspar, mica, clay, and sand are found in the north part, and traces of iron are occasionally seen in discolored earths in various portions of the town. Near Richville station is an extensive lime-kiln, employing a number of hands, and manufacturing annually about 30,000 bushels of lime of an excellent quality.
… A tram-road was at one time built form East DeKalb to the mines of the Clifton Iron Company, in the town of Clifton….
Excerpts transcribed from History of St Lawrence County, New York, LH Everts, pub 1878, Town of Dekalb, page 353.