The Columbia shaft was a vertical exploratory shaft in the Charters Towers Goldfield sunk in search of new reef structures towards the northeastern limit of the field. No significant production was recorded. Situated next to the Charters Towers by-pass its position was well suited for redevelopment as a tourist attraction and a mock/replica head frame of the style used in the area in the 19th Century was constructed over the shaft. The shaft was meshed over and potentially still affords access to part of the field for future developments. A year or so ago some concern was raised about the safety of the site in particular the cross members supporting the winding wheels. These were either dismantled or collapsed and now lie on the ground adjacent to the headframe (or poppet head as they are referred to locally). The site is also home to an old steam winder, various skips, stamper boxes, berdan pans and agitator mechanisms. More detail to follow.
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