Type of Work: Extractive and Mining Industries

Operating a crane in Trout Lake

Heavy equipment operator Leo Reynolds stands next to a crane at Trout Lake. 1963. Trout Lake, NY, Photo courtesy of Joan Reynolds.

A group of workers at Hoopers Mines in North River

Workers on a break pose for a photograph at Hoopers Mines. Just a few days later, one of the workers pictured would be killed in a mining accident. Circa 1910. North River, NY. Photo courtesy of Joan Reynolds.

World-famous dowser Ted Kaufman in the North Country

Ted, who lives in North River, learned the dowsing trade from an elderly neighbor named Edith Lincoln. Now, Kaufman says that it’s easier for him “to sense water moving underground than it was to smell cookies baking in the kitchen from an upstairs room.” Kaufman is a local legend, and has been asked to find […]

A miner at work in Pit #2 of Barton Mines in Ruby Mountain

A miner at work in Pit #2 of Barton Mines in Ruby Mountain

Miner working in Pit #2 of Barton Mines. Barton Mines originated in Johnsburg in 1878 after Henry Hudson Barton discovered that crushed garnet glued to paper made excellent sandpaper. Large garnet deposits were found on the side of Gore Mountain. Garnet mining was incredibly important to the Johnsburg economy, but mining was a hard life. Miners made little […]

A day’s catch near Clayton

A day’s catch near Clayton

Young dockhand (and future fishing guide) Joe Garnsey with two clients showing off a day’s catch. Clayton, NY. Circa 1950. Photo: Personal archives of Jeff Garnsey