This was a fun day with our old buddies Paul & Judy. We came to the area to see Craters of the Moon, but it turned out to be a great place to take our Jeeps out. Some have compared Mackay to Moab, Utah, the west coast Mecca for Jeeps. Moab is pretty hard to beat, but no town could be more welcoming to 4WD folks. Visiting the little town, we saw whole families out driving around town on their ATV’s. The town has done an amazing job preserving the copper mining history of their ancestors. They sell brochures all over town describing the tour, but at each stop there are signs describing each part of the mining operation that occurred there.
The first stop at the base of the mountain is the site of the old railroad and smelting operation. The first sign you read is this one.
Old Photos of the Railroad (very early 1900’s)
There was a Smelting Operation in this location as well. This was only operational for a short time. Later the ore was transported elsewhere to be smelted.
The Aerial Tramway which carried ore 3-1/2 miles down the mountain
At point the road begins to go upwards.
The Cossack Tunnel & Compressor Plant (1902-1956)
This tunnel was the longest and lowest on the mountain.
The Compressor Plant provided power for the miners drills & jackhammers.
I’d like to have a house with this view!
The Tramway Headhouse
The road continues to climb. Some interesting shots.