“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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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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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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Lida Wash Petroglyphs

Overview of the site.  A neat but very small site.

Lida Wash, in the Palmetto Mountains of western Nevada, doesn’t see a whole lot of traffic. While on our way to another petroglyph site, we spotted these very faint petroglyphs carved into volcanic ash. The petroglyphs appear to be of the Desert Archaic Abstract style. They blend in very well and are incredibly hard to see.
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Alkali Flat Native Site

Lonely country

We met up with a group of friends out in the remote desert of Nevada to visit a small native site. Turns out there is much more out in these small unassuming hills than I would have guessed.
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Fay, Little Buck and Horseshoe Mines

Front view of the boiler.

On this trip, we were out exploring on the Nevada-Utah state line. This beautiful open country of rolling hills and pinyon juniper woodland is delightful to spend some time in. Thunderstorms chased us around on this trip but they moved on quickly.
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Nivloc Mine

Another look at the trestle.

The Nivloc was first discovered in the early 1900s and worked on a small basis by Mr. Colvin (Nivloc spelled backwards). In 1937, Desert Silver, Inc. built a 200 ton mill here and worked the mine until 1943. These were the peak years for the mine and during this time it was Nevada’s largest silver producer with 4.6 million ounces of silver and 18,000 oz of gold.
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Caselton Mill

Inside of the timber workshop.

The mine, also known as the Combined Metals Mine, was first discovered in 1864 as a high grade silver deposit. Prior to 1941, the ores were milled in Utah, which was costly to transport but in 1937 an electric transmission line was put in from Hoover Dam just for the mines of this area. Work soon began on building a mill. The mill eventually processed over a million tons of ore before it closed in 1958. The mine is extensive and a deep, vertical one. The main 1,470′ shaft connects with levels at 660, 840, 1200 and 1400.
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North Star and Gold Coin Mines

Dan at the edge of the cliff with the tramway and our vehicles behind him.

Dan and I visited these mines in the autumn of 2008. I couldn’t find much history on either of these two small mines. They both look to have minor production and are seldom visited. We found an oven or furnace at the end of our trip. It’s origins and purpose remain a mystery. If you have any insights, please let me know.
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