September 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Woodside, Mayflower and Silver King Hike on September TBD with Sandy Brumley to begin at 9 a.m.
This hike will begin at the parking lot at St. Mary’s Church in Old Town. We’ll walk up King Street and into Woodside Gulch where we will make the following stops on our hike. Unknown Adit – a small iron grate covers the entrance to a very old adit that was likely a “glory hole” for early development related to the Woodside Mine. Unknown Tunnel – a substantially larger tunnel nearby the adit was dug later in the development of the Woodside. Could this have been the tunnel dug by Tom Kearns which lead to his discovery of the ore deposits in the Mayflower Claim? Site of the Woodside Mine – we’ll walk up from the unknown tunnel to the well-known site of the Woodside Mine. In addition to a discussion of the Woodside, we’ll also describe the Northland-Mayflower Suit and how the Silver Queen (Susanna Branford) was able to retain her inheritance from a lawsuit pressed by R.C. Chambers against the Estate of Albion B. Emery. Site of the Mayflower Mine – here we’ll discuss the Mayflower Group, which formed the basis for amazing wealth for Tom Kearns and his partners, David Keith, Windsor Rice, John Judge and Albion Emery and his wife Susanna Branford. The Silver King Mill – the second of two mills built by The Silver King Coalition on this site, the first having been destroyed by fire. The Silver King Mine – the basis of fabulous wealth for Kearns and other members of what Thompson & Buck call “The Michigan Bunch.” Hike will be 2.5 hours is 3.4 miles long and has 915 vertical feet of elevation gain. Here is a link to AllTrails, which provides additional information about the hike: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/silver-queen-hike-83decbc. Please bring water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen, etc. We’ll end up near Old Town, so you may want to plan a lunch for yourselves there at the conclusion of the hike!
To sign-up for hike, please contact Diane Knispel email@example.com. Please note that there is a limit of 25 people per hike and we usually have a waitlist. You need to be a member in order to sign-up for a hike. If you are not a member and you would like to go, please join as a member on our website. If you sign-up and then decide you can’t go, please notify Diane ASAP so someone else on the list can go instead. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.