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Ironville Mine, Black Horse Gap, Montvale, Virginia

Posted by Cindy Orange Neely  
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Cindy Orange Neely August 12, 2017 10:59PM
Just discovered this website and I'm hoping someone here can point me in the right direction. While driving around about 4 years ago, hubby and I came across a part of the Jefferson National Forest called Black Horse Gap and we discovered an old mine tucked away out of sight. Since that first discovery, I've been diligently trying to find out the name of the mine and it's history. Ever since discovering the mine and sharing it with my middle grandson, we've gone back every year and explored around the area...this is our "secret place". This morning we made another trip up there and once again my grandson asked me if I had found out the name and history. I've spent the past 5 hours on this computer digging around in old newspaper articles and finally found one that mentions "Ironville, Virginia", which I Googled and found your site. I'm hoping the Ironville Mine you have on the map here on your site is the one we've visited numerous times. If anyone knows the history of the mine, I would greatly appreciate any information you may share.

Thanks so much!!
Cindy
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Mark Heintzelman August 12, 2017 11:53PM
There are quite a number of old mines in that general region, if you are aware of exactly where in Black Horse Gap area you found it, this map may help you pin it down. See: https://www.mindat.org/nearestlocs.php?lat=37.415279388427734&long=-79.79083251953125
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Cindy Orange Neely August 13, 2017 09:12AM
What a wonderful map! Thank you, Mark!!!
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