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Digital Memories - Mining Films Preserved

November 2009

Preservation of these Harry Webb Marsh films on Idaho mining history has been made possible by a National Film Preservation Foundation grant to the Special Collections & Archives of the University of Idaho Library in 2008-09.  Preservation work was done by Triage Motion Picture Services.

MG 23 Item 24


16mm color film (pos.) Kodachrome,  approx.  300 ft. on a 7” reel, 1 splice.
Page Mine; Bunker Hill; Yankee Fork.  (n.d., but c. late 1940s)

Much footage of the Page Mine sawmill, with panoramic views of the town and mining site, and people. The Bunker Hill smelter views include the industrial and surrounding residential areas. The final segment of dredging operations on the Yankee Fork shows a boat with dredging equipment moving slowly down the river using bucket scoops on the streambed/streambank as it uses water to separate gold from mud.

Ch 1: 0 to 6:00 Page Mine sawmill panorama, and loading logs onto mine carts and sending down into the mine.
Ch 2: 6:00 to 8:30 Bunker Hill smelter and surrounding area
8:30 to 11:50 Yankee Fork gold dredging operations (barge close-ups 10:15-11:30)

MG 23 Item 25



16mm color film (pos.) Kodachrome,  approx.  300 ft. on a 7” reel, 3 splices.
Stibnite; Bunker Hill, Burke Canyon.  1950

Stibnite, Idaho and the Bradley Mining Co. scenes from 1950, showing surface operations from a high vantage point, vans, a bulldozer at work, much on the miner’s hospital and surrounding residences.  Bunker Hill mining operations, showing pit mining as viewed from top rim, panoramic shots of surface operations, a close-up of a “Bucyrus-Erie 54B” steam shovel at work loading dirt into a truck, with views of surrounding residences of the miners.  Morning Star mine residential areas and new streetlights.  Hercules mine showing residential housing, and Burke, Idaho showing local terrain around the town/mine.

Ch 3: 0:30 to 1:39  Bradley Mining Co. office and view
1:39 to 1:49  bulldozer at work
1:49 to 3:37  Stibnite town, church, and hospital

3:37 to 4:29  Bunker Hill open pit mine, with steam shovel 4:08-4:25
4:29 to 8:33 Electolytic Zinc Plant at Silver King, west of Bunker Hill Smelter which was west of Kellogg, Idaho.

8:33 Begins with the mine dump at the Morning Mine at Mullan, Idaho and mine facilities.
9:54 is the Morning Club at Mullan built by the Morning Mine as a community center at Mullan, Id.
10:24 begins with the Gem Mill at Gem, Idaho, used by the Hecla Mining Company at Burke, Idaho.
10:38 is the Tamarack & Custer mine near Burke, Idaho.
11:06 is the Hecla Mining companys Star Mine at Burke, Idaho. When the ore bodies of the Star & Morning were worked in conjunction(they were connected) it was called the Star-Morning Mine. Not the Morning Star.
11:21 is Burke, Id looking down canyon.
11:30 The 4 story building is the famous Tiger Hotel and the rest are out buildings for the Hercules Mining company, both at Burke, Id.
12:17 is the baseball field, Ahern Field,  in upper Burke, Id.

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