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BLUE BIRD COMPANY, LIMITED.
O NE OF BUTTE'S largest and steadiest silver pro
ducers is the Blue Bird mine, too well known
l>y its record and conspicuous position to need its loca
tion described. Despite the seclusion which is kept by
the company of its affairs and scarceness of newspaper
items relating to it, it plods powerfully along, leaving
an enviable wake of glistening silver, its substantial
The third year of its success is under way. It has
established its reputation, and the community is justly
proud of the results.
The company possesses one of the most complete
plants in the world, its silver mill being one of the larg
est of its kind in successful operation. The heart of the
establishment is, of course, the mine proper — a most re
markable vein, as its extent, longitudanally, seems
without limit. Steadily do the main levels advance in
the vein on ore, while the shaft has up to date only
opened the 500-foot level, and although no stope has
vet been begun at this depth, the shaft is being sunk to
make ready and explore the 000-foot level. While the
development work goes systematically on, the actual
fruits of which may not he reapeil for many years to
come. The upper levels turn out with ease the daily
quota of ore for the mill, which crushes on an av
erage of from 120 to 130 tons per diem and its stamps
have danced to their own music upon 1,385,508 ounces
of silver during the year 1888.
So gratifying have been the developments in the
mines that the management has expressed a desire to
increase its milling plant to double the present daily ca
pacity, and it is not unlikely that this addition will be
made, as the plans only await the final endorsement of
Mr. Van Zandt, the president of the company. With
this in view, however, and to facilitate the extraction of
ore, an excellent compressed air drilling plant is in
course of erection at the mine and will be running on
the first day of January.
The actual expense of mining and milling during the
year has been very satisfactory to the owners of this
property, which in itself commends the great care and
devotion bestowed upon the company's affairs by its
manager, Mr. Robert E. Booraem, who is very ably
assisted by Mr. William H. Keller, mining engineer.
During the year 1888, 37,145 tons of ore were mined
at the following expense: Mining, $4.95 per ton; mill
ing, $5.07 per ton.
The condition of the underground workings of the
mine, which are always open to the public for inspec
tion, and arc a popular resort for many of our visitors,
are in prime condition and a model of exactness, as
far as the methods of timbering and extraction of ore
are concerned. The attractiveness of the electric lights
underground, the well-ventilated drifts and stopes, the
politeness shown its visitors, add much to the wonder
ful exposures of ore which science has disclosed, of na
ture's great W'ealth.
On each level in the mine large faces of ore, of the
extensive reserves, arc exposed. The stopes are all tim
bered with "square-sets" and a glimpse of one corner of
a stope is published with this edition of The Miner,
an engraving made from a photograph taken with the
aid of a magnesium light by our special artist, Mr.
Haupt, who personally directed the taking. Though
more or less of an experiment, it will prove interesting
for its novelty. The photograph was taken from the
top set of timbers in one of the Blue Bird's stopes —
where the veins are forty feet between the walls. Only
a portion is shown. The timbers of the "square-sets"
are shown in the fore-ground, but will serve to give an
idea of the method of securing the ground and of ore
Many novelties of application in the way of machin
ery are noticeable at the Blue Bird. On the 500-foot
level the "headings" are ventilated by a water wheel,
operated by pressure from the main water column in
the shaft; and an admirably designed machine is used
for framing the square-sets of timbers, which is one of
the features of the well-equipped saw mill recently
added to the mine plant.
Mr. T. B. Williams is in charge of the details of the
mine and Mr. D. B. Lienau is metallurgist and oversees
the milling; Mr. M. Brown is chief machinist—to all
of whom much credit is due.
We congratulate the Blue Bird Company, as well as
Mr. F. Van Zandt its president, its staff, and wish it
N. W. HARRIS A COBANKERS:
T HIS FIRM, whose advertisement appears else
where in this book, does a general banking bus
iness and invites correspondence from state, territorial,
county and city officials regarding any proposed new
issue of bonds. N. W. Harris ft Co. are always in the
market for the purchase of bond issues by municipali
ties and corporations. This firm is perfectly respon
sible, and to those desiring to purchase bonds, will be
pleased to furnish their bond list on application. East
ern office, 56 Devonshire street, Boston; main office,
115 and 117 Monroe street, Chicago, 111.
iTERE ARE LOCATED about 150 claims, which
1 I are all staked off. Several of them are now
being developed, notably the Pride of the West. The
tunnel is in 270 feet, and the vein is well defined, being
from one to two feet, and the ore will average $75 per
ton. The Silver Bell, Mountain Chief, Summit and
other mines, all show up well, prospects at the grass
roots assaying from $35 upward.