Back in 2005, Alysia and I met up with Bill,
Dan, Lewis and his daughters Sarah and Rachael for some exploring in the northern Sierra Nevada. We spent a couple of days in the forest exploring mines and jumping into rivers at the end of the day. This is a fantastic area. The mine itself dates back to the 1860s and is a big one. It has thousands of feet of drifts following Tertiary river channels loaded with gold nuggets. The mine has produced over $1 million in gold nuggets and some are on display at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum.
The mine portal and equipment. This place is private! Please stay out. We were given a tour.
The mill site camp.
A working mine train! Sweet!
This car is still full of waste rock.
Alysia takes to the controls.
Alysia and Sarah on the stairs down to the mill.
Down in the ore dump area. Ore would be mucked by Bobcat to the mill.
Overlooking the mill.
Dan and Bill survey the scene.
One of many electrical panels.
The gang in the main building.
One of a couple of conveyors. This one moved ore up to be loaded into the second mill.
Dan and Sarah at the ore bin for the cone mill.
This looks heavy! Or Dan is having a ball.
The cone mill.
Side view of the cone mill.
Pulp Density scale.
Alysia back at the train. We REALLY appreciate Larry (one of the owners) showing us around camp.
More cars in a shed.
More ore cars.
Main haulage adit.
Inside the mine.
Out in the woods, but still on private property, we find an old army truck.
Sarah checks it out.
Bill in another old truck.
Lots of stuff out here.
Hoist and the bottom part of a trammer.
Alysia and Sarah at the old bunkhouse.
Alysia is having a good time!
Back view of the bunkhouse.
Old house in the mine camp. Did I mention this place is big?
Another old bunkhouse in camp.
Makes you wonder.
Even more buildings in the mine camp.
This Pinto has seen better days.
Dan scouts for more mines.
Dan points out this hidden adit.
Off to another part of the mine.
Headframe and shaft to access another section of the mine.
The girls check things out.
Inside the hoist room.
Looking down from the top of the headframe.
Pulley at the top.
Nice view up here.
Back at our base camp after a long day of exploring.