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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Oregon / Washington

Enterprise Mine

Archaeological site

The Enterprise mining claim is an example of the marginal, small owner-operator mine commonly worked in Stevens County during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The claim was filed in 1884 as part of the flurry of discovery at Embrey Camp which was the earliest mining camp in northeastern Washington.

The history of the Enterprise mine could be considered the history of the Hertzell family who held numerous mining claims in the area. Carrie Hertzell held ten claims while her mother Annie held two. Together with her father T.F. Hertzell, Carrie can be seen in early photos of the mine posing with other women dressed in long skirts and mutton legged blouses.

The Hertzells were gone from the mining community by 1922. Today it is difficult to spot the enclosed head frame hidden within the encroaching forest.