Hecla ghost town

Hecla Mining Camp

In 1872, William “Billy” Spurr and James Bryant discovered the Trapper lode high in a cirque on Lion Mountain. News of the silver strike spread and soon other miners staked claims all over the mountainside. The barren slope got its name when a prospector thought he saw a mountain lion high up on the hillside. Turns out it was a white mule, but the name stuck.

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2015 Year End Summary

2015 was a busy and eventful year. I was out exploring for 48 days, which is more than last year and averages nearly every weekend. And I’m still way behind on posting trips…

It was also a year of good discoveries: some places were found by accident (the “Sapphire Tunnel“, and Winnekta Mill), some, I was led to (Cupule Cave and Camel Tracks), and some were places I had been searching for quite some time (the Belden Arrastra, Freight Wagon Petroglyphs and the “Wooden Ore Car” Mine). It was a great year for exploring.

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Wooden Ore Car Mine

“Wooden Ore Car” Mine

About eight years ago, I read a book on Nevada mining history that had a photo with a wooden ore car sitting out front of a mine. “Wow!”, I thought to myself. “That would be an incredible sight to see.” Of course, I immediately set out to find it.  I scoured my notes, looked over maps and asked my friends. No luck.

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