Oro Fino Mine, Mojave National Preserve

While heading out on a trip to Nevada, we rendezvoused for a quick exploration of the old Oro Fino Mine in the Old Dad Mountains of the Mojave Preserve. The mines are closed by iron bat-gates. The cabins, however, have been recently repaired by volunteers and are in good shape.

Pilgrims in the Desert by Le Hayes gives some history of the mine:

“Gold was discovered south of Seventeen Mile Point at the Oro Fino Mine in the 1890s and at what became known as the Brannigan Mine in 1905. By 1909, another group of claims nearby was being worked by the Precious Metals Development Company of Los Angeles. These claims later came to be known collectively as the Whitney Mine. A mill to refine the ore was set up and running at the camp at Seventeen Mile Point by February, 1911. Water for the mill was reportedly piped in from Indian Springs some 4 miles away.”

“After a shut-down in the 1920s, activity at the Brannigan Mine resumed in March, 1930. That year M. A. Sisleyand John Herrod relocated the claims and worked them until 1935. The Oro Fino Mine was also reactivated, and from 1930 to 1943 produced about $50,000 in gold.”

Apparently, from a notebook in one of the cabins, the Herrod family lived and used the place into the 1970s.

As you can see from my photos, the place is being fixed up as an “Adopt-a-Cabin”. If you come to visit, please respect and enjoy.

The Oro Fino Cabin The Oro Fino Cabin
For a true wilderness experience, you must bring all the right equipment. For a true wildernes...
Nice fireplace. Nice fireplace.
Main cabin Main cabin
Front door security camera. You are being watched. Front door security ...
In the kitchen In the kitchen
Kitchen Kitchen
Old claim notice Old claim notice
The frig is stocked. The frig is stocked.
Stove Stove
Bed Bed
Pantry full of supplies Pantry full of supplies
Out on the patio Out on the patio
Over at the second cabin Over at the second c...
Stove Stove
Simple wire spring bed by the window Simple wire spring b...
Stove and shower Stove and shower
The Oro Fino mine The Oro Fino mine
Inside, it is gated. Inside, it is gated.
A look behind the gate A look behind the gate
Bed spring Bed spring
One of the upper shafts One of the upper shafts
Lookind down Lookind down
This adit and inclined shaft have both been gated. This adit and inclin...
Gate on the incline Gate on the incline
Culvert and gate Culvert and gate
I hike up to the Brannigan mine. I hike up to the Bra...
Ore bin and headframe Ore bin and headframe
Steel headframe over the shaft Steel headframe over...
Gate on the shaft Gate on the shaft
Nice view from up here Nice view from up here


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