Nanaimo Our History

February 26th, 2016

The Jingle Pot Mine was founded by the Adam Horne, the brother-in-law of Nanaimo’s first mayor, Mark Bate. The Bates were a powerful family before, during and after the mayor’s tenure and, with the opening of Jingle Pot, continued to dominate a significant piece of the city’s largest business. The mine got its name after miners began using a cooking pot and rock to signal they were ready to emerge. They would drop a large rock into the pot and jingle it, letting those on the ground level know it was time to raise the elevator. (From the collection of Nanaimo Museum)

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