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Location DB > United States > New York > Crown Point > Crown Point Feldspar Company Remnants
Crown Point Feldspar Company Remnants
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created by Samurai on 7/4/2005 5:14 AM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 12/9/2016 3:07 AM
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The concrete silos were used to store refined Feldspar to be added to chicken feed. One stop onto a D and H railcar, and the chicken's of the world could properly digest their food. The rest of the plant if anything is left is on the mountain.

And the half mined pit remains; somewhere on the top of Breed's hill.

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Type: Outdoors
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: It could be interesting if you tread on private land, but otherwise, check it out if you are nearby.
 Physical Information
NY Route 9N/22 South
Crown Point, New York
United States
Owner: Joe Stanley, who owns the property where the processing plant used to be; it is no longer extant.
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  •  Hazards
  • rock falls, and crossing the damn road is like playing a game of "human frogger"
  •  Interesting Features
    Near Lake champlain, across the DH tracks, there is a beach of waste spar;
    At first glance, this looks like a ridiculous location to post; but it isn't ; anything that poses a mystery even to locals, is such an attraction, it's hard to avoid. This is my kind of explore; one that requires some effort, and even more digging around.
    This isn't chicago, where junk like this lays around everywhere; up here it's a tremendous curiosity.

    If they were still there; the processing plant, the "ski lift" which transported the men who worked here, and it's god awful proximity to a tight stretch of road.

     Security Measures
  • a NY highway blasting along next to it!
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1906
    Closed: 0
     Required Equipment
  • boots or good sneakers
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    This place is the most forgotten location. No one seems to remember, or at least care, what these silos were for. They are right on the main road, about 100 feet from Lake Champlain. You don't usually notice them as the speed limit through the area is 55mph and they are on a challenging bend in the road. Neat to look at anyways. Some of the kids here have taken to calling them the 'Six-Pack'
    Until recently, nothing was known; it was a mystery .
    Enter the chickens; yes, chickens.
    Poultry livestock have no teeth, and require some roughage to properly digest their food, usually some sort of sandy substance which will abrade food in their gullets.

    Here's the story; Feldspar, a fairly common mineral, started to be mined in the Breeds hill area in the early 20th century. Apparently, it's not uncommon to add some sort of grit to poultry feed, but feldspar is preferred, especially this stuff, which ws formed in single crystals.

    By 1920, mining was in full swing; the manhattan avenue company even had an ad slogan " Mica Spar Grit fives TEETH to the fowl, insuring PERFECT DIGESTION, Better Fowl and more eggs!"

    So there you have it; the company went under when cheaper concentrations of spar were found elsewhere.

    The offset silo is where the feldspar was refined so to speak;

    This occured after the chairlift like transporter dumped the spar into the silo and it went through over three miles of mesh, thus reducing it's diameter.

    The infrastructure was unfortunately stripped after closure, the "ski lift" no longer exists. Now the only things there are the "six pack" and the beach. But who knows what goodies lie on Joe's Property; supposedly the Feldspar vein between granite on this property is a quarter mile across, twelve hundred feet long, and is estimated to extend to two hundred feet.
    The processing equipment, three additional wooden silos, the offices, the lift, it's gone the way of history. But then again, Joe's property might hold some more remnants.

    By the time the ore got to the silos, you got it, it was ready to be loaded onto a railcar and help the chickens of the world take a proper dump!
    If chickens can't take a proper dump then you don't get a good KFC extra value meal!

     Media Coverage
    Pennfield museum, archived letters (a letter from son to employee of the day).
    The owner.
     Future Plans
    nada... it's been there forever and will probably stay there forever.
    The main property, where the old office building stood, was demo'd in the '90's, and replaced by a newer structure.
    Otherwise, it will stand there forever as a distraction to every balloonhead's driving skills as they drive by this road with track and lake on one side and no shoulder on the other as they say "did you see that!? Was that something!?" to their passenger. Yeah, it's a head turner for some reason.

    Would it reopen? No; they found cheaper places to find this stuff, and now processed granite is a dime a dozen.


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    Silos Of Doom- 4 July 2005
    Mon, Jul 4th, 2005
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