RIONDEL, pop 306, a retirement community on the northeast side of KOOTENAY LK, 88 km north of CRESTON, is the site of the famous Bluebell mine. The low-grade galena deposits of this and adjacent claims were worked from 1885 to 1896 by an American syndicate led by a wealthy brass manufacturer, Andrew Hendryx, and his brother Wilbur (see HENDRYX BROS). The Canadian Metal Co then worked the deposits but it was COMINCO, with its great capacity to smelt low-grade galena, that achieved the greatest...

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