Browse through these authentic photos and articles that showcase the history of Gem Mountain and mining on our area.
Miners pulling a cart full of possible gems out of the mine.
How the area used to look.
The start of one of the very first gem mines in Spruce Pine, NC.
Some of the very first miners in Spruce Pine.
Starting the excavating process.
Miners relaxing outside the entrance to one of the mines.
Miners outside the shafts for one of our ten mines.
Smoke coming from the kitchens as food is prepared for the miners return.
One of the old cart entrances to a mine no longer in use.
One of the buildings used to sift through all the dirt and rocks found in the mine.
The beginnings of the mine from the outside.
Moving stuff into place to reinforce the mine.
After explosions have moved out chunks of dirt from the new mine.
Truck loading up to move dirt and rocks.
Mckinney Mine in North Carolina from the top of a hill.
Newspaper Article about Gem Mountain, "Vacations drive thousands of miles to work all day in Brushy Creek quarry".