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Oyler Mine

A Caution sign in front of one of the Oyler Mines.

Before the atomic bomb and the uranium boom of the Fifties, this claim was first filed in 1904. Here an early prospector started a stone building, and possibly a corral or pen.

In the 1920s pieces of uranium ore from this mine were ground up and mixed in drinking water, or worn in packets in waistbands or on arthritic joints, to "cure" rheumatism and other ailments. There are no statistics to indicate which was more harmful - the disease or the cure.

The cliff is unstable and subject to rockwall, and potentially dangerous concentrations of radioactive materials may occur within the mine.

Do not attempt to enter the tunnels.

Trip Report: April 30, 2011

On our way to hike Cassidy Arch, we saw an interpretive sign about the Oyler Mine, so we decided to check it out.

This interpretive sign reads "Before the atomic bomb and the uranium boom of the Fifties, this claim was first filed in 1904. Here an early prospector started a stone building, and possibly a corral or pen. In the 1920s pieces of uranium ore from this mine were ground up and mixed in drinking water, or worn in packets in waistbands or on arthritic joints, to "cure" rheumatism and other ailments. There are no statistics to indicate which was more harmful - the disease or the cure. The cliff is unstable and subject to rockwall, and potentially dangerous concentrations of radioactive materials may occur within the mine. Do not attempt to enter the tunnels."
This caution sign reads "CAUTION RADIATION AREA Radiation levels in this area are elevated due to uranium mining. A maximum of one day should be spent in the area. Water in the vicinity is highly contaminated and should not be ingested. NO CAMPING. DO NOT DRING THE WATER."
The mine entrance.
An old stone building.