Golden Bear Mine

Golden Bear Mining Camp

Back in 2005, Alysia and I met up with Bill, Dan, Lewis and his daughters Sarah and Rachael for some exploring in the northern Sierra Nevada. We spent a couple of days in the forest exploring mines and jumping into rivers at the end of the day. This is a fantastic area. The mine itself dates back to the 1860s and is a big one. It has thousands of feet of drifts following Tertiary river channels loaded with gold nuggets. The mine has produced over $1 million in gold nuggets and some are on display at the LA County Natural History Museum.

Alysia and Sarah on the stairs down to the mill. Alysia and Sarah on ...
The mine portal and equipment.  This place is private!  Please stay out.  We were given a tour. The mine portal and ...
A working mine train!  Sweet! A working mine train...
Ore cars. Ore cars.
This car is still full of waste rock. This car is still fu...
It's electric. It's electric.
Alysia takes to the controls. Alysia takes to the ...
The mill site camp. The mill site camp.
The gang coming out of the main building. The gang coming out ...
Down in the ore dump area.   Ore would be mucked by Bobcat to the mill. Down in the ore dump...
Overlooking the mill. Overlooking the mill.
Dan and Bill survey the scene. Dan and Bill survey ...
One of many electrical panels. One of many electric...
One of a couple of conveyors.  This one moved ore up to be loaded into the second mill. One of a couple of c...
Dan and Sarah at the ore bin for the cone mill. Dan and Sarah at the...
This looks heavy!  Dan is having a ball. This looks heavy! D...
The cone mill. The cone mill.
Concentrating tables. Concentrating tables.
Electrical room. Electrical room.
Side view of the cone mill. Side view of the con...
Pulp Density scale. Pulp Density scale.
Alysia back at the train.  We REALLY appreciate Larry (one of the owners) showing us around camp. Alysia back at the t...
More ore cars. More ore cars.
Main haulage adit. Main haulage adit.
Inside the mine. Inside the mine.
More cars in a shed. More cars in a shed.
Out in the woods, but still on private property, we find an old army truck. Out in the woods, bu...
Sarah checks it out. Sarah checks it out.
Bill in another old truck. Bill in another old ...
Lots of stuff out here. Lots of stuff out here.
Hoist and the bottom part of a trammer. Hoist and the bottom...
Alysia and Sarah at the old bunkhouse. Alysia and Sarah at ...
Alysia is having a good time! Alysia is having a g...
Back view of the bunkhouse. Back view of the bun...
Bunkhouse. Bunkhouse.
Old house in the mine camp.  Did I mention this place is big? Old house in the min...
Another old bunkhouse in camp. Another old bunkhous...
Makes you wonder. Makes you wonder.
Even more buildings in the mine camp. Even more buildings ...
Still more. Still more.
This Pinto has seen better days. This Pinto has seen ...
Dan scouts for more mines. Dan scouts for more ...
Dan points out this hidden adit. Dan points out this ...
Off to another part of the mine. Off to another part ...
Headframe and shaft to access another section of the mine. Headframe and shaft ...
The girls check things out. The girls check thin...
Hoist building. Hoist building.
Inside the hoist room. Inside the hoist room.
Looking down from the top of the headframe. Looking down from th...
Pulley at the top. Pulley at the top.
Nice view up here. Nice view up here.
Back at our base camp after a long day of exploring. Back at our base cam...

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