Nunnelly Ore Mine
Shirley Dusinberre

Dubuque, IA

#1 Mar 4, 2010
Is there anyone here that can tell me anything about the old Ore Mine that was once in Nunnelly? My great great grandfather Henry Vales worked and was killed there in 1887. He actually died March 28, 1887. Below is a newspaper story covering what happened.

Thanks in advance,
Shirley

On last Tuesday morning Mr. Vales, one of the ore pickers at Nunnelly ore banks, was accidentally caught in the ore crusher and had his right arm crushed in a horrible manner. The unfortunate man was taken to his house and the limb amputated at the shoulder by Drs. T.D. Thompson, A. Norris, C. Slayden and T.J. Slayden. He was in a very dangerous condition, but may recover. He has a wife and several children.
Alden Bierman

Grenada

#2 Sep 12, 2010
While doing research on land nearby I can tell you the Nunnelly mine was a "pit" mine for iron ore. I found info that it was at least somewhat active till the 1930's, One can see it on Google Earth. Recent USGS reports from the 1990's refer to it as being heavily eroded. One can see on USGS Topo. maps that most of the 3 larger pits are flooded and have formed small lakes.
centervilletn

Lyles, TN

#3 Apr 27, 2011
The old nunnelly mines have been flooded for most of the last century. Nature has overtaken the area and it has returned to a more natural state. We own property that connects to the lakes..if you are in the area msg me and ill give you a tour.
Shirley Dusinberre

Des Moines, IA

#4 May 3, 2011
Yes, I have seen it on maps. Do you know if it is possible to get back to what is left of the mines? I wish I could find out if my great great grandfather William Henry H. Vailes was actually buried at the house he died. I have not been able to find where he is buried.

Shirley
Alden Bierman wrote:
While doing research on land nearby I can tell you the Nunnelly mine was a "pit" mine for iron ore. I found info that it was at least somewhat active till the 1930's, One can see it on Google Earth. Recent USGS reports from the 1990's refer to it as being heavily eroded. One can see on USGS Topo. maps that most of the 3 larger pits are flooded and have formed small lakes.
Shirley Dusinberre

Des Moines, IA

#5 May 3, 2011
That would be absolutely awesome! I'll remember that. As a matter of fact, could you please send me an email so that I have your email address? Me email is [email protected]

Thanks,
Shirley :o)
centervilletn wrote:
The old nunnelly mines have been flooded for most of the last century. Nature has overtaken the area and it has returned to a more natural state. We own property that connects to the lakes..if you are in the area msg me and ill give you a tour.
Shirley Dusinberre

Valley Center, CA

#6 Feb 27, 2013
Hi, I was wondering if you could meet me in Nunnelly one Sat. in the near future???:-)
centervilletn wrote:
The old nunnelly mines have been flooded for most of the last century. Nature has overtaken the area and it has returned to a more natural state. We own property that connects to the lakes..if you are in the area msg me and ill give you a tour.
centervilletn

Nashville, TN

#7 Mar 16, 2013
[email protected] i havent looked at this forum in a year. sorry.

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