Silver Islet, Ontario • Ghost Towns of Canada

Silver Islet, Ontario • Ghost Towns of Canada

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Part of the Ghost Towns of Canada series

In the late 1860s, between the shores of Lake Superior and a tiny barren island just offshore, the Montreal Mining Company discovered some of North America's richest silver ore. Silver had been a royal metal reserved for the Crown, but once the designation was lifted, mining began on Silver Islet. The mine was sold in 1870 to new American owners, Major Alexander Sibley and his brilliant partner William Frue. Frue rose to the challenge of extracting ore from beneath Lake Superior, one of the stormiest bodies of fresh water on the planet. He constructed the world's first underwater silver mine. It flourished and construction of the town of Silver Islet began.

Despite constantly battling to keep the lake's tumultuous waters at bay, the mine eventually yielded $2 million dollars worth of silver. By the mid-1880s, however, production fell and the mine closed, leaving the town of Silver Islet to survive on a smaller scale with the help of a new industry-summer tourism.

Titles included in this series:
Ireland's Eye, Newfoundland
Grosse Île, Québec
Val Jalbert, Québec
Depot Harbour, Ontario
Creighton, Ontario
Ghost Town Trail, Saskatchewan
Rowley, Alberta
Nordegg, Alberta
Barkerville, British Columbia
Sandon, British Columbia
Ocean Falls, British Columbia
Cassiar, British Columbia

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