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stephent
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Posted on Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 5:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Attached pictures taken last August near the northern campsite on Rawson Lake.
The 'plate' was about 10m south of the campsite, in the bush, near the shoreline. My guess is that when the tree it was attached to was still standing, the 'plate' was facing the lake.
Any ideas?
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stephent
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Posted on Monday, February 8, 2016 - 11:24 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

pictures that I forgot to attach to original post

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dan_carpenter
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Posted on Monday, February 8, 2016 - 11:58 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

The Ontario coat of arms on the tag means that it is some sort of mining claim or other reference point registered with the Ontario government. Maybe somebody else who sees this post can provide more specific information.
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brian
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Posted on Monday, February 8, 2016 - 12:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Definitely an old mining claim.
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eddy_turn
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Posted on Monday, February 8, 2016 - 7:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Beware: there are some faux portage trails in this area, some marked with flagging tape, that end in the middle of nowhere with a post and a tag.
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stephent
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Posted on Friday, February 12, 2016 - 11:10 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Did some digging and found this:
http://www.geologyontario.mndmf.gov.on.ca/website/ historic_claim_maps/S/Sheppard.pdf

Not sure if it's relevant, but to me it does not seem to show prospecting activity near Rawson.

But it does, however, show a rectangle of land near the campsite labelled '1157825'.

Amazing that these records still exist and are online - one of the maps is stamped 1936...

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ed
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Posted on Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 9:32 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Stephent:
The Province (MNDM) logs all of the Claim work done in the province since the late 1800's when they started to keep records.In the early 1900's geologists travelled the province, by canoe mostly, to explore what mineral resources might be available.As they did so they also noted the location of canoe routes that they used in their travels. They developed crude maps of the routes and the geological information they gathered. The maps etc. were published in the Ontario Annual Geological Survey reports which are also available on line. The reports are helpful in locating old canoe routes.

eddy_turn:
If you find yourself following a suspicious trail that looks like a portage, check your compass bearings. If the trail appears to be running almost due North and South or due East and West, you are likely following a Claim line that a prospector has carved out to delineate his Claim.
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eddy_turn
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Posted on Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 9:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Thanks for pointing it out ed. As a matter of fact I realize now that two claim lines I investigated around Parsons lake were running almost exactly S-N.

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