The Canadian Mining Hall of Fame
1900 - 1993
Since the turn of the century, the mining prospector has been
a romantic figure in Canadian folklore. Justifiably so, because
it has usually been the prospector who has triggered the metamorphosis
of idle wilderness ground into a wealth-producing production centre
providing the necessities of life for many in the mining community
and opportunity on a far-reaching scale, to industrial operations
Alex Mosher fits this pattern perfectly. A prospector's prospector,
he was one of the founders and guiding lights of the Prospectors
and Developers Association but also bringing into being a number
of mines and mining communities.
Alex Mosher comes from a long line of Canadian miners and prospectors.
Born at Eureka Gold Mine in Wine Harbour, Nova Scotia, he inherited
an interest in mines and prospecting that has never waned. Although
born in the Maritimes, he grew up in Cobalt where mining and silver
inspired much of the conversation and commanded much of the attention.
It was in the Cobalt area that he began his prospecting career,
but he was soon driving his canoe to more remote areas such as
Larder Lake, Temagami, Savant Lake, Porcupine, Rouyn and Chibougamau.
In 1927, with his brother Murdock, he staked the Central Patricia
In 1930, Mosher was prospecting in the Matachewan area and played
an important role in staking the Ashley Gold Mines. He and his
brother Murdock were also in the vanguard of the Little Long Lac
staking rush in 1931. Here they staked a large block of claims
west of the McLeod-Cockshutt holdings that later became Mosher
Long Lac Gold Mines. Later he worked in the Sioux Lookout area.
Alex Mosher put Yellowknife, N.W.T. on the gold-mining map with
his discoveries there in 1938.
Gold and silver held the most appeal for Mosher until uranium
became a hot subject in the 1940's. He was part of a group staking
a radioactive vein in 1947 at Otter Rapids on the Abitibi River.
It was a history-making event, as this find was the first of its
kind outside the Northwest Territories.
A magnetic deposit he staked later at Bruce Lake became the Griffith
Mine that yielded annually 1.5 million tons of iron ore pellets
for many years.
Chimo Gold Mines was another Mosher find in Vauquehn Township
of Quebec. Under his direction gold was produced here from 1966
While Alex Mosher's physical energy was devoted to finding and
staking mineral deposits, much of his mental energy went into
the formation of the Prospectors and Developers Association. He
was president of this organization in 1967-68. Together with W.W.
Dennis, he gave guidance and support to the Association in its
early struggle to stay alive and effective. For his work on this
project and in the field he was awarded the W.W. Dennis Prospector
of the Year Award in 1979.