About Tim Rowland

Tim Rowland is a columnist, author and outdoors writer living in Jay.

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  1. Kenny Friedel says

    –Great Story, this has answered some of the questions that I have had for years. The EPA web site showed pictures taken as they removed the huge oil thanks. I remember seeing the wooden pipe. With metal straps. Now it makes sense has to how the spill happened. The big tanks were not the cause. There is another mine north of the paper mill. It was referred to as the Other Mine. It is hard to find information on this mine. It is another story waiting to be told. Very good reporting. The details are starting to make sense. Thank You

  2. Dave McMahon says

    When I worked at the mines there it was common practice to use old oil to keep the dust down on the roads as it was in Tahawus and other mines around. Of course as the water table came up so did the oil come to the surface and will take years to recover if ever

  3. Tom says

    I find it sad that all the old buildings are torn down now, I’m glad I was able to explore the buildings and area and take lots of photographs to document the history there.I am very glad that they are cleaning the area up now, the water there looks horrible and the vegetation is very sparse and seems to be growing in tailings. As for the open pit mine section the water there looks very clean.

  4. John says

    Hey Tom,

    I don’t live in the area but had read about Benson Mines as well as the Tahawus site.. had always wanted to make it to Benson to hike the trails and snap some photos of the buildings. Are all of these buildings in the lead photo demolished now (dec 2020)? Would be a little discouraged to make the trip and have it all be gone. Thanks!

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