Horseshoe Mine

Fay, Little Buck and Horseshoe Mines

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.

The old ghost town of Fay popped up around 1899, with the mines producing gold in the next two years. The boom to bust cycle was pretty quick, as often is the case, and by 1915 the town was deserted.

We find an old stone cabin ruin in the trees. We find an old stone...
Micah checks it out. Micah checks it out.
Mike greets me at the mine. Mike greets me at th...
Headframe over the Little Buck shaft. Headframe over the L...
Our vehicles. Our vehicles.
Alysia picks some juniper berries to throw at someone... Alysia picks some ju...
Note the woodworking on the cabin logs. Note the woodworking...
We move on to the Little Buck mine.  The boiler and hoist were are neat to see. We move on to the Li...
The gang above the stope. The gang above the s...
Another view of the boiler and hoist. Another view of the ...
Front view of the boiler. Front view of the bo...
It is starting to rain. It is starting to rain.
We move on and visit the Fay cemetery.  There aren't many graves here and this one was the nicest.  "Giacomo Pagliero, Born April 4, 1875, in Sale Castelnuovo, Italy.  Die in Fay, Nev. Nov. 18, 1900." We move on and visit...
Up at another ruined cabin and mine. Up at another ruined...
Micah and Mike explore around. Micah and Mike explo...
The seemingly endless view of pinyon pines and juniper. The seemingly endles...
Not much left of downtown Fay. Not much left of dow...
Dune Primrose?  (Oenothera deltoides) Dune Primrose? (Oen...
Mike and Micah had to take off, so it is just Dan, Alysia and I for the rest of the trip.  Here we are parked on some large tailings of the Horseshoe mine. Mike and Micah had t...
Hardly anything remains where there was once a 120 ton mill and many buildings. Hardly anything rema...
After some examination around the mine site, I find what has to have been the assay office.  There are still a few cupels on the ground. After some examinati...
Alysia goes off to explore the tailings. Alysia goes off to e...
Eroded tailings. Eroded tailings.
Old hole-in-can tin can. Old hole-in-can tin ...
Must have been something large in this can.  Fruit? Must have been somet...
Dan finds ruins of a miner's cabin or office near the mill site Dan finds ruins of a...
More eroded tailings. More eroded tailings.
Another shot of the Dune Primrose. Another shot of the ...