This might not be an easy mine to get to, but the effort is well worth it. In the first video of this series, we explore the amazingly well-preserved desert mining camp and follow the rails around the mountain peak. The innovations on display at this abandoned mine are truly a testament to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of miners. I still do not know what that - presumably wind-driven - device made mostly out of old washing machines is… I sure hope that a viewer can weigh in on that one.
I know that I said it several times in the video, but there was so much stuff at this mine that it was hard to take it all in – all of the engines, engine parts, tools, buckets, barrels, washing machines, random bits of rail and wood, cans, jugs, wires, cables... Well, you get the idea. There was a lot of equipment scattered around the mine site! Some of the old engines, tools, Union Carbide cans and other such rarities really belong in a museum, but it is pretty cool to be able to see them out in the field like this.
I hardly feature it in the videos, but all around this mine were small prospect pits and places where the miners had obviously gone into various cliff faces for a few feet. So, I don’t know if they were picking out small pockets of material or if they were looking for something that wasn’t present other than where the main adits are.
In the second video of the series, we explore the adit seen in the first video and in the final video, we explore an upper adit we discovered farther up the mountain at this abandoned mine.
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Growing up in California’s “Gold Rush Country” made it easy to take all of the history around us for granted. However, abandoned mine sites have a lot working against them – nature, vandals, scrappers and various government agencies… The old prospectors and miners that used to roam our lonely mountains and toil away deep underground are disappearing quickly as well.
These losses finally caught our attention and we felt compelled to make an effort to document as many of the ghost towns and abandoned mines that we could before that niche of our history is gone forever. But, guess what? We have fun doing it! This is exploring history firsthand – bushwhacking down steep canyons and over rough mountains, figuring out the techniques the miners used and the equipment they worked with, seeing the innovations they came up with, discovering lost mines that no one has been in for a hundred years, wandering through ghost towns where the only sound is the wind... These journeys allow a feeling of connection to a time when the world was a very different place. And I’d love to think that in some small way we are paying tribute to those hardy miners that worked these mines before we were even born.
So, yes, in short, we are adit addicts… I hope you’ll join us on these adventures!