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Venus Mines, Yukon



Arctic & Northern Mining

Dateline: January 15, 2024.

    The Venus group of claims are best known as silver properties, though gold values have also been significant at times. Lead, zinc, and cadmium were also recovered by the 1970-1971 mill. The Venus was one of the earliest claims to be staked in the Montana Mountain / Windy Arm area, having been located by J.M. Pooley on August 29, 1901.


Windy Arm Silver Mining - Chronology
This detailed chronology includes 33 notes about the Venus property.

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star
The Venus mine is mentioned often in the 1900-1909 and 1910-1919 sections.

Photographs of the Conrad Mines, Yukon Territory
This collection of 38 photographs taken by L. P. Muirhead in 1906 includes 8 of the Venus mine.

Venus-area claims map
A very large map drawn by Murray Lundberg in about 1994.

Venus claims map
A very large map drawn by Murray Lundberg in about 1994, showing a closer look at the claims right around the Venus.

Venus Mines, 1966-1968
Three annual reports from D. C. Findlay for the Geological Survey of Canada.

United Keno Hill Mines Ltd., 1978-1980
This page presents lengthy summaries of the operations of United Keno Hill Mines Ltd. at Elsa, Yukon, in the years 1978, 1979, and 1980, but mentions the Venus property 13 times.

Venus Mines, 1985
A brochure published by United Keno Hill Mines Ltd., describes the silver property's history.

Fractured Veins and Broken Dreams: The Mines of Montana Mountain, Yukon, 1899-1920
A 19-page paper written for a History 136 course at Yukon College in 1994.

Montana Mountain, Yukon: Venus Mine
Notes and photos from a hike on May 11, 1995.

Fractured Veins and Broken Dreams: Montana Mountain and the Windy Arm Stampede
The book was released on January 12, 1997 - the complete book is online, to download and read for free.

Historic Venus Mine buildings washed away
In 2005 the mine manager's house collapsed, and extremely high water levels in the Southern Lakes in the summer of 2007 washed away the Venus mine's warehouse.

A Higher Exploration of the Venus Mine
A photojournal of a hike on July 7, 2009, from The ExploreNorth Blog, with 17 photos.

Exploring the historic Venus silver mill
A detailed look inside the mill on May 13, 2015, from The ExploreNorth Blog, with 34 photos.

Hiking to the upper Venus Silver Mine, Yukon
A photojournal of a hike on May 30, 2015, from The ExploreNorth Blog, with 30 photos.

Venus Mill: John Conrad's Jewel
A brochure published by Yukon Tourism and Culture in 2019.

Another hike to the upper Venus silver mine
A photojournal of a hike on June 10, 2022, from The ExploreNorth Blog, with 30 photos. The Venus mine is mentioned in over 50 of the posts at the blog - we've just picked out some of the most detailed ones.

Venus claim
A up-to-date compilation of publications, data, and maps, managed by the Yukon Geological Survey.



Click on each photo below to greatly enlarge it.

Venus Mines, Yukon. The original 1901 'cliff house'.
The original 1901 Venus Mine "cliff house", on July 7, 2009.

Venus Mines, Yukon. The view of Windy Arm from the main 1906 workings.
The view of Windy Arm from the main 1906 workings of the Venus Mine on May 30, 2015.

Venus Mines, Yukon. The Venus mill.
The 1908 Venus mill, on May 13, 2015.

Venus Mines, Yukon. The 1970-1971 Venus mill.
The 1970-1971 Venus mill, on May 28, 2010.

Venus Mines, Yukon. The 1981 Venus mill.
The 1981 Venus mill, on November 1997.