Stage of Clean-up: Remedial Assessment Not Begun
The Pike Hill Copper Mine (PHCM) is an abandoned copper mine located off of Pike Hill Road in the Town of Corinth, Orange County, Vermont. PHCM is located approximately 1.5 radial miles northeast of the Village of West Corinth, includes a northern and southern mine, and the total mine property encompasses approximately 216 acres. PHCM is located on Pike Hill, a large hill in a rural and forested area along the eastern flank of the Green Mountains. Mine elevations range from approximately 1,640 feet above mean sea level (MSL), at the southern mine, to approximately 1,965 feet above MSL, at the summit of Pike Hill (near the northern mine).
Copper was discovered on Pike Hill sometime prior to 1847. Initial attempts to mine the ore at Pike Hill occurred in 1847. The northern and southern mines have historically been referred to as the Union Copper Mine, and the Corinth (and later the Eureka) Copper Mine, respectively. The two mines, eventually designated as the Pike Hill Mines, operated on an intermittent basis from 1847 until 1919 when mining operations at the PHCM property ceased. Between 1863 and 1918, approximately 9,085,298 pounds of copper were mined at PHCM.
There are approximately 20,000 tons of mill and mine dumps (tailings), averaging 1.6 percent copper, scattered over the surface of the two mines. More...