June 6, 2018, 7:47 am
George Boychuk says
June 7, 2018 at 4:39 pm
Great picture Jack!! Keep up the magnificent photography. The pit shows some character.
Bill Eggert says
June 7, 2018 at 12:41 pm
If only you all knew the grief that the owners of this pit have endured because of NIMBY’s. It’s getting harder and harder to make a living as a small business.
“Domination by Regulation” Only the large firms can survive the onslaught.
Judy Schweitzer says
June 7, 2018 at 9:51 am
Interesting shot! And thank you for the history. It seems every day we learn something new about our town.
karen skaros says
June 6, 2018 at 10:53 pm
This is a landmark! There is a great deal of history surrounding this glorious pit, livings were made, lives were lost, the slide, the closing of the silica pit and what that meant to the families who earned their living there….Thank you for the photo Jack, part of Olivers great history.
Marlene Bolenback says
June 6, 2018 at 4:24 pm
That pit was there WAY before those houses were.
Ed Greenwood says
June 6, 2018 at 3:55 pm
Maybe some folks would like to look back and thank the silica pit for all the financial income that helped this town to grow and be a place where some people like living here and don’t find the pit so bad!!
neil seidler says
June 6, 2018 at 2:23 pm
Not so much of an eye sore if you know why it was done. As the Publisher said it provided much employment for the area, well before the vineyards and wine. I was around when it was in full operation and helped take down some of the large warehouse that was there, using the heavy timbers for a mine up the hill. There is much history in that pit and the surrounding mines, the white rock, silica, was used in the smelting of gold bearing ore that was very rich. The silica helped to get more of the gold out of the ore in the smelting process. The silica was also was used for landscaping. I don’t think that pit had much to do with property values as it was already in operation before many of the houses were around in that area. When you look at the overall picture, it is what it is.
Lee Ann Wilson says
June 6, 2018 at 1:39 pm
Yes, What an eye sore! Can’t ever begin to understand why the Pit was allowed. I wonder what it did to Property Value in the surrounding area.
Publisher: Beauty in the eye of the beholder. Many many jobs in 80+ years at the pit. My picture serves to show the landscape as it is. If the mountainside was just another boring hill side of scrub trees and rock – not sure the picture would have much character to it.
Sue Sandford says
June 6, 2018 at 4:12 pm
Lee Ann, if you don’t like the view you should move. That pit has been there probably longer than you have been alive. I agree with Jack beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Publisher: A bit harsh Sue. Don’t think Lee Ann can see the mine from her home. She was commenting on the picture and she is not the first or will she be the last to not like the site of the pit. Its her opinion and she doesn’t have to leave for having an opinion.
The picture was a picture it really was not designed as an opportunity to fight over it.
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