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1301 4wd 38 Expo To Essex Vulcan Mine

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The Vulcan Mine was next on our list. It’s reached by following Kelbaker Road south to Vulcan Mine Road. Iron ore was mined here during World War II and hauled to the Kelso Depot where it was transferred to railroad cars. The ore then went to the Kaiser Steel Mill in Fontana, California. The resulting steel was used to manufacture Liberty Ships for the war effort. The Vulcan Mine operated from 1942 to 1948. There’s a fence surrounding the mine, which has several sheer drop-offs that are best viewed and not experienced.