By Fritz Wolff
In A Room for the summer season, Fritz Wolff takes the reader on a memorable trip into the rough-and-tumble global of hardrock mining, recounting his stories either above and under floor as an apprentice engineer in the course of the overdue 1950s.In June 1956, on the age of eighteen, Wolff went to paintings for the Bunker Hill corporation in Kellogg, Idaho, within the Coeur d’Alene area. Arriving in a drained 1939 Chevy coupe, with approximately twenty money in his pocket, Wolff spent 3 collage summers operating for Bunker Hill. He realized firsthand the pleasures of camaraderie with fellow staff and the risks of operating underground.Today the hardrock mining is all yet forgotten. The Bunker Hill corporation is understood, no longer since it produced 430 million oz of silver and never since it supplied a dwelling for hundreds of thousands of households for greater than a century, yet since it is among the greatest EPA superfund websites. Wolff doesn't idealize the mining undefined; for lots of employees the stipulations have been nightmarish. yet in spare, lyrical prose, he inspires the intrinsic goodness of an easier time, whilst hard-working parents went approximately their company with braveness, humor, and plenty of gumption.
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It looked like the miners of ’98 had left in a hurry, saying, “She’s deep enough for me,” when a flood on the South Fork washed out the watergrade rail line for the third and last time. I grabbed as much ore as I could carry for souvenir purposes, and we headed back up the rope and down the mountain. On the return to Seattle we drank beer and swore. Bob told more stories, bigger ones than on the way up. By the time I walked through the door at home I knew what I wanted to do. To spend a day in a mine, out in the woods, seemed to me about as much fun as anyone could have.
I tore up the stairs two at a time and entered number thirteen thinking, This has to work. I’ll make it work. The eight-by-eight-foot room looked out over the tar-papered roofs of bars and stores. I slid the window open a notch. The breeze carried an odd mix of cigar and smelter smoke, stale beer, pepperoni, and Precambrian slate. But redemption: the room had a view—“territorial” in the parlance of real estate agents—looking out to the north at the Bitterroot Mountains and the Coeur d’Alene National Forest.
Outwardly, the impression was one of muted prosperity. I remember thinking, Kind of hard to make this place shine. I stopped midstreet and asked a chap exiting the Rio Club Hotel directions to Pat’s. 22 • A ROOM FOR THE SUMMER “Oh, Poffenroth’s place? Go down there opposite the YMCA building and hang a left. It’s up the alley and around the corner. ” I found a two-story building about the size of a smalltown dime store chiseled into the slope just where he had indicated. It was a concrete box painted eye-rest green.
A Room For The Summer: Adventure, Misadventure, And Seduction In The Mines Of The Coeur D'Alene by Fritz Wolff