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Location DB > United States > Montana > Butte > Bell Diamond Mine Headframe
Bell Diamond Mine Headframe
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created by Aran on 3/16/2022 3:03 AM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 3/16/2022 4:52 PM
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The abandoned headframe and winch building for the Diamond mine. The mineshaft itself beneath the headframe is sealed, but the headframe is still standing and climbable.

The top of the headframe has several pieces of broadcasting equipment mounted on it to be aware of, but otherwise the climb is easy. There's also a few open mineshafts nearby that are covered in grates, so it's possible that they might be ventilation shafts into the Diamond mine. The Diamond mine also connects to the Cobra mine at 1100 feet, though it's unknown whether that connection is flooded.
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Type: Outdoors
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: not very exciting
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Butte, Montana
United States
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • Falling hazard
  •  Interesting Features
    There's a staircase ladder running all the way up the headframe that is easily climbable. The headframe itself sits on a the top of a hill and is thus one of the tallest points in Butte, so the view of the city from the top is one of the best you'll find.
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  • fences
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1898
    Closed: 1958
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    The Bell Diamond mine was a small copper mine, though it also produced gold, silver, lead, zinc, and arsenic. Descending to a depth of 3609 feet, it only had a single headshaft and was one of the older mines in the area.

    Like many mines in Butte, the Bell Diamond mine has its share of fatalities.

    In 1917 a worker named Joseph E. Sullivan was killed in a mining accident when the lagging he'd set his driller on collapsed and he fell. The mine was also one of those affected by the Speculator fire that same year, when smoke from a fire in the Speculator mine spread into the connected Bell Diamond and Badger State mines, suffocating 164 men.

    In 1962 there was an explosion in the now- demolished surface buildings of the mine, though little information is available online for this incident.
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    A short hike uphill
    Wed, Mar 16th, 2022
    posted by Aran
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  • on Mar 16 22 at 16:54, Emperor Wang validated this location
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