When we hear of people finding unique and amazing items hidden away, it’s always easy to doubt the accuracy. How often do people turn up having found something that nobody else? It’s a super-rare feat and for that reason it is quite hard to believe in. However, the Sterling Hill Mine in Ogdensburg, New Jersey, is a fine example of what we can find with a bit of digging deeper underneath the surface overall.
Once a massive mining town, today it’s nothing like its old self. It was once actually a full-on company town for the New Jersey Zinc Company, and it was like that for a long period of time. As you might imagine, this left a bit of a mark on the community. The mine itself was closed down in 1986 and, sensing something of an opportunity, Dick and Bob Hauck chipped in together and bough the mine at a taxation sale.
Becoming a mine and a tourist attraction, it helps to show people about the hard graft of mining labor and, in a way, serves as a reminder to future generations of how hard things once were. At 35 miles along, it’s one of the longest underground structures in the USA. However, much of that 35 miles is rather interesting to come and look into – if you have the time.
Indeed, a 1990 section of the mine was blasted – around 240-feet in length – to help create a fantastic combination of colours. The area, known as Rainbow Tunnel, looks like a rainbow has dripped from above ground and stained the area, such is the vibrant energy of the colours on the wall.
The Skyland Region, though, is home to all manner of wonderful stones – from sapphires and rubies to jewels and gems of all kinds, this is one of the main reasons why people come down to see these amazing crystal combinations.
The mine itself has a long history, going back as far as the 1630s when British settlers dug in hoping to find copper. It was provided to William Alexander, or Lord Stirling, and before long the mine was known as Stirling Hill. Sold on in 1765 to Robert Ogden, it kept changing hands for many years until the NJZC bought it in the late 1800s. however, in the late 1900s it was forced to be sold to the previously mentioned brothers.
Now the Sterling Hill Mine Tour & Museum of Fluorescence, it is a unique and wonderful home to so many stunning and exciting images. The amazing colours that flow through the mines as well as the growing collection of gems throughout just helps to sell the image of a truly wonderful location that, despite its challenging past and poor working conditions, today stands as a wonderful representation of the beauty beneath our own world.
With over 300 kinds of minerals and roughly 10% of all known minerals found in here, it’s a true representation of the unique beauty of nature. From ores that shine through the limestone to beautiful gems that glisten even in the darkness, this is a truly spectacular place to visit for both beauty and history.