You ask, we answer: what happened to the Eau Claire silver mine? | You ask, we answer
CLEAR WATER (WQOW) – In this “You Ask, We Answer”, a News 18 viewer wants to know the location of the silver mine that bears the name Silvermine Drive.
According to the Chippewa Valley Museum, the history of the silver mine dates back to 1878, when a spiritualist, Lydia Hanley, took Bill Pond, a well-known businessman from Eau Claire, on a trip along the river. Chippewa.
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As the story goes, the spirit of Big Heart told Hanley that the money was there. Convinced that it would bring them wealth, Pond and other Eau Claire businessmen decided to invest $ 100,000.
But what happened to the silver mine?
“It is historically important in the sense that it did not exist, but a lot of people were convinced that it existed. They invested in this business and no money was ever found. Great excitement that hasn’t gone anywhere, ”said Carrie Ronnander, Executive Director of the Chippewa Valley Museum.
Nevertheless, the road where the money was supposed to be is still called Silvermine Drive, and this is where the Silver Mine Invitational for ski jumping takes place.