“Palmetto Wash” Petroglyphs

It is a nice site. Hopefully it sees no more damage.

Over the years, I have visited this small petroglyph site many times. It is not too far from the road, so it makes for a nice spot to take a break.

During a recent visit with my family, we were saddened to find some drill holes have been made into the volcanic rock adjacent to some of the ancient petroglyph panels. What a shame! I’m not sure if someone was attempting to steal the petroglyphs or if someone was taking core samples to study the volcanic rock. Either way, it was careless and a federal crime. I hope whoever caused the damage faces some punishment and restitution so repair work can be done.
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Bald Mountain Wash Petroglyphs

Cowboy signatures.

Brownie Sam and Emmett Rosse, two Shoshone cowboys, stopped alongside this huge volcanic boulder in late October of 1932. It is a place where their ancestors had camped many times. The ancients had carved numerous symbols on this rock, they decided they would too. They stood on the backs of their horses and added their names to the record above the petroglyphs below.
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Hidden Forest Cabin, Desert National Wildlife Refuge

The Hidden Forest Cabin

Tucked away inside a canyon of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge is the Hidden Forest Cabin. Built around 1900 by folks unknown, the rustic, single room log cabin was once used by Nevada game wardens in 1936 when the Desert NWR was established. More recently, in 2008-2010, the cabin underwent restoration work by volunteers and the Desert NWR staff. It is open for overnight use on a first come-first served basis. The cabin consists of a wood-fired stove, bed, and table and chairs. A small kitchen area is stocked with a few can goods that people bring up for emergencies. Please keep the cabin clean and in better shape than you found it.
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Senator Mine

Mine camp.

High on top of a mountain in central Nevada is the Senator quicksilver mine. The history of the mine is a little hard to follow as the property changed hands a few times and recorded owners and production are missing, but from what I can tell, the mine was first operated in 1925 and ran until WWII.
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Honeymoon Hill Petroglyphs

At the top of one hill is a isolated petroglyph site.

Last summer, we visited a pair of petroglyph sites out in central Nevada collectively called Honeymoon Hill. They are close together on nearby hills and have fantastic views of the areas they overlook, which is probably why people were here; hunting and keeping watch over the surrounding terrain.
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Eureka Croesus Mine

Double drum hoist.

Not far from the Diamond Tunnel, is the Eureka Croeus Mine also known as the California Tunnel. Setup in the 1870s (in the early days of the mining district), it was never a large operation but interesting today because of the equipment left behind.
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New Year Mine

Looks like they did some primary crushing here and then packed the ore down the canyon on mules to be milled.

The mine was a minor producer of zinc, lead, silver, and gold. It was first located in 1913 but wasn’t worked until 1915. It was active only for a few short years and idle by 1918.
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Poinsettia Ghost Town

Poinsettia (2013)

Poinsettia was once a cinnabar mine. Reportedly, the mine was worked from 1929 to WWII, but information is hard to find on it and no production was recorded. It is doubtful much cinnabar was ever mined here. Cinnabar is a primary ore for mercury, which is important in the gold recovery process.
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Diamond Tunnel

Round the curve.

After visiting the Victorine mine on a trip to Nevada a few years ago, our next big stop was the old camp of Prospect and the Diamond Tunnel. The mine was discovered in the 1860s like the others in the Eureka district but the camp wasn’t settled until around 1885. It served as a base of operations for a few of the local mines and had a saloon, boardinghouse and school. The mine went into production in 1868 and was worked until 1930. A post office opened in 1893. Down below the mine, are the remains of a furnace.
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Victorine Mine

Back outside.

I’ve known about this mine for a long time but had avoided it because it was so close to town. I figured everything had already been carted off and the mine reclaimed. Over the course of the last year or so, I had multiple sources bring it up. It still was a low priority but I started thinking more about it. Finally, we were out on a trip to Nevada and driving by the area. We stopped to pay a visit.
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