The Watson Mine is located in the small township of Monteagle Ontario. The mine opened in 1919 and was owned by the P.J.Dwyer, Mount Eagle Feldspar Company and by the Consolidated Feldspar Company.
Total production - 455t. It was developed by a side-hill cut (18 m by 6m with a 12-m face) from which an adit was driven 30 m into the hill.
The mine was easy to access and find thanks to old service roads. The mine seems generally stable. A mining cart track can be found inside with broken rails everywhere.
White Nose Syndrome:
White Nose Syndrome (WNS) has killed more than 5.7 million bats in the U.S. since the winter of 2006/2007. First noted near Albany, New York, it has spread at an astonishingly rapid rate. Little is known about its cause or transmission. A fungus is the causative agent for the disease. If WNS continues to spread, it will greatly affect both subterranean and surface ecosystems and may cause species extinctions. There are indications that people might spread WNS when they visit caves. Therefore, we must take every reasonable precaution to minimize the risk of workshop participants spreading WNS at faster than normal rates, and to keep the syndrome from reaching other countries. mffp.gouv.qc.ca