Marion Wheeler mined at Temple Mountain in 1955. He is standing at the Calex Hole, which is the shaft drilled vertically to allow the air movement into the mine as well as to take miners into and out of the mine. He wrote, "The shaft went down 80 feet and the hole was 36 inches in diameter. The bucket was your ride down into the mine, and you just held on. It was the same bucket that the uranium ore was brought up in and then dumped into the truck (seen in the background). It held about 500 lbs of uranium ore. the bucket was let down by a 6 cylinder Dodge engine. The cable had marks on it so the hoist man knew when to stop to let the men off. Our communications with the hoist man was by a horn to let him know when to go up or down." Once down to the bottom of the calex hole, the mine shafts then were horizontal as they dug the ore out.
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