The Mariscal Mine was accountable for a quarter of the mercury production in the United states from 1900 through 1943 and resides near Talley Road in Big Bend National Park, Texas.
Mariscal Mine began gathering cinnabar ore and refining it into mercury in 1900 by U.S. Immigration inspector, D.E. Lindsey. The mine was sold off in 1905 and in 1917, Ellis Mine was operated by W.K. Ellis. Mercury prices fell in 1919 at the end of World War I and the mine was sold again to William Burcham. Backed for his operations at the mining site, William Burcham lead the Mariscal Mining Company but it closed in 1923. Vivianna Mining Company made an attempt to mine the area in 1942 but failed and ceased operations in 1944. Afterwards much of the mining equipment was sold off during the later 1940’s and early 1950’s.
Mariscal Mine is also known as Ellis Mine and Lindsey Mine after D. E. Lindsey and W.K. Ellis.
Mariscal Mine was listed on the National Register of Historic Paces in 1974 and is comprised of 640 acres of land. As of 2014, a few structures remain including mine shafts, condensing chambers, the furnace, workers housing, storage space, condensing stack and a little more. Much that has fallen into ruins were the shelters built by the miners themselves.
Where is the abandoned cinnabar ore mining Mariscal Mine located? You can find it with these coordinates. 29.095358,-103.187588.
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