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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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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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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White Caps Mine

This is what appears to be a large rotating ore roaster.

The 75-ton mill is the first thing you see when you come to this mine site. The mine was discovered in 1905 and first worked in 1912 for gold, later for mercury and antimony as the ore tenor changed with depth. The new mill was built in 1917 and the mine continued to be a rich one. It ran all the way until 1946 having produced over $2.7 million during its long life.
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Moho Mine

Looking down on the valley.

This is a mine we went to at the end of a four day trip in western Nevada a few years ago. It was a great trip and we met up with Lewis, Bill, Cat and ghost town author Shawn Hall along the way. We covered some remote territory and hardly saw another soul out there.
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Star of the West Mine and Mill

We met up with Dan and made a fairly long drive to explore a forgotten corner of Nevada’s mining history. We weren’t sure if we would find anything, as is often the case. We ended up driving over 100 miles (one way) on dirt roads. And after battling a steep, rough mountain road and some threatening weather, we made it to an old mill ruin.
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Van Ness Mine

Retort and camp

We were out on a exploring trip in the high mountains of central Nevada in 2008 and I talked our group into a side-trip to check out this mine camp. It turned out to be a small camp with not much left but interesting just the same. It was a rich cinnabar mine that was mainly worked in the 1920s.
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