By Lowell Presnell
Mining in Western North Carolina performed a big monetary function within the lives of its humans and the state's heritage, yet little has been recorded concerning the undefined, specially the daily trials and triumphs of the person miner. provided pay attention are the stories of old-timers as they speak about researching large books of mica, outrunning muck automobiles, and checking out within the nick of time mine has undesirable air. wonder at Conrad Reed who chanced on an interesting-looking rock (a seventeen-pound gold nugget) or Dr. George Kunz, vp of Tiffany's, who hunted for hiddenite yet needed to accept gem-quality emeralds in its place. find out about the well-known advertisement and personal mines that provided this kingdom with the uncooked fabrics wanted for cover and know-how. Minerals mined in Western North Carolina contain alum, asbestos, lay, corundum, copper, chromium, feldspar, granite, gold, graphite, gravel, iron, kyanite, lead, limestone, mica, marble, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, quartz, sand, silver, tin, tungsten, talc, uranium, vermiculite, zinc, and lots of types of gem stones resembling diamonds, garnets, emeralds, rubies, and beryl.
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Robert Dent became so interested in the company he took charge. During that period oftime, tires and tubes were made with natural rubber. When a tire was changed, a non-adhesive powder was used and most of the time it did not work. Raymond Dent, Robert's son, was changing a bicycle tire and found his powder can empty. There was a bag of ground mica from North Carolina available, so he used it. Ayear later he changed the tire again. The tube fell from the tire without sticking at all. Robert Dent, his father, was home this time and saw what happened.
S In spite of Dr. Hunt's obesity, he was constantly jumping off the wagon to inspect a specimen of granite, gneiss, quartz, steatite or some other mineral which he spotted while riding along. He though t the country was filled with geological specimens calculated to run a scientist crazy. When at last they reached the mine, the sun was hot and bright. All the hues of the rainbow were reflected from 3Roan Mountain Republican, Oct. 7, 1876. ), 1935. lA wagon for hire, primarily used to transport passengers a short distance (a taxi).
As the demand for mica grew, Heap and Clapp leased wide tracts ofland. Others, such as Thomas Greene, were inspired to open mica mines. Me. Greene discovered the Cloudland deposit in 1870, but previously mica was considered only a curiosity. Encouraged by the success of Heap and Clapp, Thomas Greene opened the Cloudland Mine. The first book of mica he found was eight inches by twentyfour inches. It sold for $67, and would have sold for $250 ifit had not been weathered. It produced $4,000 in two months.