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Question:Seeking maps of mining sites in Maine

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by liz | May 19, 2021 18:25 | #26647


Re-posting on behalf of a community member:

I am in need of Maps of the mining sites within Maine. I have looked over the internet and haven't found anything - does anyone have a digital map, or know a source online where I can find some?



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@eymund , with great respect for your forensic geography skills, might we ask if you could point us in the right direction to find a source for spatial data regarding mining operations in Maine?

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@seankmcginnis , with your extensive work in global humanitarian mapping missions and with ESRI, could you advise us where to find a datasource for locations of mining operations in Maine?

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Hey @liz - from some initial research I found this application from the USGS that has current and historic quarry and mine locations and reports. I will crack the application open a little more tomorrow morning to see if there is an accessible REST end point to access the data to be used outside of the USGS application. Other than location, are there specific elements or attribution that is desired to support the analysis? Time period?

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If the mines of interest are represented in the application, here is a link to the data from USGS’ Mineral Resource Data System.

Here is a link to an application and underlying data managed by the Maine Geological Survey on historic mineral resource that may have some data that may help.


This is awesome!!!! Thank you so much @seankmcginnis ! @Greenhorns , check this out for the questions S asked as well -


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Kenneth Warren's The American Steel Industry, 1850–1970: A Geographical Interpretation provides a good overview of North Eastern US mining history

https://www.amazon.com/American-Steel-Industry-1850-1970-Interpretation/dp/0822986027

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For the more detailed local Maine mining history I would look at historical rail maps available from USGS and the Library of Congress, focusing on the rail spurs in more remote areas

https://www.usgs.gov/core-science-systems/ngp/topo-maps/historical-topographic-map-collection?qt-science_support_page_related_con=0#qt-science_support_page_related_con

https://www.loc.gov/resource/g3731p.rr002290/?r=0.421,0.469,0.196,0.162,0

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These historical maps will give you the forensic geography "key words" needed to dig up more specialized local histories such as for the Katahdin Iron Works

https://www.maine.gov/dacf/parksearch/PropertyGuides/PDF_GUIDE/KatahdinIronWorks.pdf

Don't forget the national geological surveys that often have historical mining data

https://www.americangeosciences.org/critical-issues/maps/minerals-map-maine

Good luck with your data mining !

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1906 - Child Labor in the United States coal mines (Pennsylvania)

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https://www.maine.gov/geolib/catalog.html Scroll down to MaineDEP Mining Sites for KMZ etc

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