It is rare to find a Chilean mill out in the wild, not to mention one that is ten feet in diameter! The original 10 stamp mill was built on the site sometime before 1910. The mine was already doing well by then and making shipments to the Anaconda smelter in Butte, Montana. It remained a good producer until 1927 when the mill burnt down and the mine closed.
Out in central Nevada, we found a small cave inside of a larger, abandoned mine. The miners probably broke into the cave in the 1880s or thereabouts.
It was interesting to see a barrel set in the mine to catch dripping water. I’m guessing the miners were using it to collect drinking water.
Deep in the misty forests of Montana we found an amazing mining camp. Abandoned but with quite a bit of equipment left behind. (Please leave everything here.)
I’ll save the history on this mine for another day. This was a pretty amazing find though. I can’t wait to go back and explore it some more.
Back in late spring of this year, we took a trip out to Flagstaff seeking some cooler temperatures. One of the places we stopped at was the Lava River Cave.
Formed in the Pleistocene, roughly 675,000 years ago, this 0.75 mile long lava tube is remarkable not only for its length but also its tall ceilings; at some points the roof it more than 30′ above your head. That is a bit unusual in my experience.
On a scorching late spring day, about three months ago, we journeyed out to a lonely cabin in the central heart of the Mojave Desert. This is a barren landscape of sand and lava. Any roads that once traversed this wasteland were wiped out by monsoonal thunderstorms long ago.
I couldn’t find any information about this little mine and it was a surprise when I came across it. We named it “Micah’s” Mine because of some fancy 4wd moves Micah did on his approach up the very steep road to the mine. He didn’t quite make it but he was the only one daring enough to try. After we got him back on terra firma, we all decided it might be safer to walk.