The 'Glory Hole' is an open pit connected to underground workings. The pit drops down 250 feet (76.2 meters) and side tunnels trail out through the surrounding area. The ore mined from the sides of the pit was passed downward to a level below where it was loaded into cars and trammed to the nearby Townsite shaft for hoisting. The bottom is now filled with cold, black water. At one time there was a spider web of cables that supported a tin roof to protect the miners below.
Along the walls of the Glory Hole, you get a rare glimpse of a cross section of mine workings. (See also diagram on Mining History page.)
The aerial view was donated to the Cobalt Public Library by Bill Francis. The Glory Hole is the larger void and the smaller hole next to the headframe is soil subsidence. Stay within the viewing platform and please do not jump the fence; it is not safe.
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Box 309, Cobalt, ON P0J 1C0
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