Bass Camp

I first read about this site years ago in a book about mine camps in Nevada. The book didn’t give its exact location, but it did give me an idea. With a little bit of research, I narrowed the camp down to two possible locations. I put them on my list of places to go, but never could seem to get out to the area. Finally, a trip came together and away we went.

The cabin under the boulder was built in early 1900s by miner Andrew Bass. He and his wife lived in this remote location for many years. (Which is pretty amazing.) The mine was originally located for lead and silver but gold and even uranium have been found in the area. A local miner by the name of Roy Ladd also worked the claim after Bass had passed (Bass died in 1934, his wife in 1930) and the mine had at least one more owner after that.

The road to reach the old mine site is steep, rough, narrow and a cliff hanger much of the way up. It is far more suited for ATVs than vehicles and we did see a lot of ATV tracks on the trail up to the camp.

Of course, the most amazing thing about this place is the cabin built underneath the massive granite boulder. It is quite a sight.

The road in is a rough one.  We mainly see ATV tracks ahead of us. The road in is a rou...
Bass Camp!  The old mine cabin is under a massive boulder. Note the remains of a rain gutter running  along the top of the rock. Bass Camp! The old ...
Bill and I pose in front of the cabin. Bill and I pose in f...
Cabin and storage shed Cabin and storage shed
Closer view of the front of the cabin.  A piece of the stove pipe is missing, but you can see how he extented it to get around the boulder.  This old place has seen a lot of years. Closer view of the f...
Rain water cistern.  As you might guess, there are no springs close by. Rain water cistern. ...
Empty back room. Empty back room.
A back window opens to the rock face.  We think this could have let cool air in. A back window opens ...
Not much is left inside the cabin. Not much is left ins...
Dan and I out front. Dan and I out front.
View of the camp.  There is another ruined outbuilding here.  Also note a second cistern and pipe on the right. View of the camp. T...
A closer view of this cistern.  This must have been overflow from the main one. A closer view of thi...
Plenty of old tin cans around. Plenty of old tin ca...
Probably the remains of a burro corral. Probably the remains...
A look at the lower building and pipe to cistern.  There was another rain collecting gutter on top of this boulder. A look at the lower ...
Up at the mine, there is a blacksmith anvil stump, forge remains and water barrel for quenching. Up at the mine, ther...
You can see the impression of the wooden barrel on the cement.  The barrel was used as a form. You can see the impr...
Anvil stump on the left and a cement walled water barrel on the right. Anvil stump on the l...
We go into the mine. We go into the mine.
The adit splits in 2 directions. The adit splits in 2...
All native timber. All native timber.
We poke around but it is a small mine. We poke around but i...
A last look at the camp. A last look at the c...


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