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Historic image of the Beach Glen Mine adit, near Rockaway NJ.
The Beach Glen Mine is believed to have started around 1760 because there was an iron forge nearby that would have needed to make use of it's product. The first documented mining at the site was surface mining in 1808. Mining continued on and off from 1851. It was mined at greater depth with the discovery of higher quality magnetite between 1900 and 1903, then left again.
Work started up again in 1923, and used an adit (a horizontal tunnel) 1,450 feet long to access ore, as well as a slanted shaft. It was spuratically mined again through 1930. After this, Hibernia Mine Railroad was abandoned and removed.
The mine was opened one final time in 1953. The adit had collapsed, and so only the shaft was used with a newly constructed wooden tipple. Because the railroad was gone, ore was transported out by truck. The mine only remained in use until 1956 when it was finally closed for good. The mine remained relatively intact until 1989 when it was capped with concrete and then filled over.
The wooden tipple remained standing until 2003 when it too collapsed.
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