|Mine and chlorination bldgs 1907||N.73.1.642|
|Head Frame South West View, over Pump shaft||N.79.1.49|
|Longitudinal section through Phoenix workings
|Stamp Mill ca 1902||N.79.1.48|
|Head frame over main Phoenix shaft (ore shaft)||N.79.1.50|
|Head frame, Phoenix shaft, Bucket dumping mechanism||N.79.1.52|
|The Big House||N.79.1.51|
Above images Courtesy of the NC Division of Archives and History (919-807-7311).
Phoenix and Furniss Mine Lands:
"Land...'tis the only thing that matters! Tis the only thing that lasts!"
Sound advice given to Scarlett O'hara as everthing of value to her had Gone With the Wind except her beloved Tara.
Phoenix Lands (small) (large)This 629 acres remained intact from the mid 1850's until just a few decades ago. The main mine and village were on tract one, now Green Oaks Golf Course. My grandfather, James Marcus Mullis, lived in the "big house" (office/hotel complex) with three of his sons and their families from about 1936 until his death there in the house in Feb. 1941.
Tracts 2 and 3 make up the western border to the new Mt. Pleasant South as annexed in the summer of 2004.
Furniss Lands (small) (large) This 659 acres was purchased by a New Yorker, William P. Furniss, at the fore closure sale of the Vanderburg Gold Mining Co, in the mid 1850's. My father purchased the 93.5 acre tract 4 in 1939 for a whoping $840.00 at $9 per acre. A neighbor, Tuck Barringer, sold dad a small three room, 24' by 20', house for $25.00 (yes, twenty five dollars) which dad dismantled and rebuilt on his new land. It consisted of two 12' by 12' rooms and an 8' by 14' kitchen with a small back porch. My twin sister and I were literally born in this house in March, 1941, making us the fourth and fifth children. Dad made a trip into town to have the doctor visit mom...she was fine, having descended from good hardy Mullis stock! He "paid" the doctor one country ham...thus I came into this world at a delivery cost of half a country ham. The seven of us required three beds and a cot.... a wood stove for heat and a wood cooking stove for the kitchen. No electricty,no running water, no telephone, but thousands of acres of land to roam... life was GOOD!
Tracts 5 and 6 are Walden Pond. The Petrea Shool was located at the most southerly point of tract 7 where it corners with tract 2 of the Phoeinx lands. The Miami Church Rd runs between tract 4 and tracts 5,6,and 7. Tract 1 of the Phoenix is bordered on the north by tract 5 and east by tract 6 of the Furniss lands.
Phoenix-Furniss mines and viens, map
Other nearby/adjacent mines:
Nearby Lands: George C Heglar Farm (1926) (Geo C. Heglar) This 601 acres is just a part of the original Cabarrus Land, Lumber, and Mining Company lands which were formed from R. D. Cullen's (a New Yorker) and John H. S. Gibbs' ( Ireland) lands. Located to the north of Phoenix and west of Furniss; contains:
Old Field Schools near the Phoenix Gold Mine
Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site
Local History, Cabarrus Co. Library (Patricia Curl PSCurl@cabarruscounty.us)
Cabarrus County, NC Register of Deeds