Tahawus Mine

Photographs by Shaun O'Boyle



The Tahawus mine site is located near the abandoned town of Tahawus, New York, in the High Peaks region of the state. The mine has a long history in the area, beginning with the construction of the Mcintyre blast furnace in the area in the early 1800's. Iron ore was mined nearby and iron and wrought iron were produced from the furnace and works. That operation was abandoned when the impurities in the ore were making it difficult for the existing technology to properly process it. Those impurities were titanium. During WW2 National Lead opened the Tahawus mine for processing the titanium that was found there. The operation closed in 1982, and the buildings were demolished in 2005-2006.




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