Gunmetal Mine ore bin

Gunmetal Mine

I visited this mine on a trip in 2002 with Lewis, John and Werner. And although I’ve been in the area many times over the years, it wasn’t until recently that Dan and I stopped by again and took a few more photos. I should also mention that the road from the camp up to the mine itself is a little rough with ruts and washouts. 4wd is certainly needed.

This is a tungsten mine (it also produced some minor amounts of silver and gold) first discovered in 1916. The early years of production records seem to be lost to history. A small mine camp with a few buildings is below the mine and there was a mill farther down the hill. (Nothing remains of the mill.) The mine isn’t that big or interesting and the real star of the show is the ore bin. Taking ore from two levels, it has three bins with a trestle. It is a fantastic old structure and deserves preservation.

There are a few old cabins in camp.  These photos are from 2002. There are a few old ...
One of the larger cabins.  Possibly a boarding or cook house. One of the larger ca...
John Norman and I looking at mine camp debris. John Norman and I lo...
Myself in the ruins. Myself in the ruins.
More buildings.  All of them are in sad shape. More buildings. All...
The guys start to test their luck on the old trestle. The guys start to te...
The spectacular ore bin. The spectacular ore ...
It is a triple bin. It is a triple bin.
I'm wondering how long this old trestle is going to hold my weight. I'm wondering h...
I head out on the trestle.  You have to watch your step here. I head out on the tr...
John and Lewis out on the trestle. John and Lewis out o...
Looking down on the trestle as it heads into the adit. Looking down on the ...
A dangerous old box of dynamite.  Yes this is the real thing.  Who knows how much nitroglycerin has sweated out of it.  We didn't touch it. A dangerous old box ...
I revisted the mine in 2010.  The ore bin and trestle are still holding up well. I revisted the mine ...
What a great ore bin.  This really needs to be preserved. What a great ore bin...
The adit. The adit.
Ore bin and sky. Ore bin and sky.
Great view. Great view.
Possible anvil stump I hadn't noticed before. Possible anvil stump...
Looking down the ore chute into the bins. Looking down the ore...
Dan out on the ore bin. Dan out on the ore bin.
Looking out on that great Nevada emptiness.  Love it. Looking out on that ...
This platform over the trestle is an interesting one.  I can only guess it held a winch for pulling ore cars.  It is very well anchored. This platform over t...
Dan and I say farewell to the Gunmetal for now. Dan and I say farewe...