“Catalonia” Mine

Not too long ago, while out exploring around the Nevada backcountry, we drove over to this little abandoned mining camp. As we got closer to the mine, we discovered the old road was completely overgrown and lost in the willows so we got out of our trucks and hiked in. I was really interested to see if anything remained of the old mill that once served the mine.

As we hiked up the hill and into camp, we discovered a cabin. It looked to be in decent shape but we were really surprised to find it fully furnished as if the caretaker just walked away. Everything here was run off of solar power and he even had satellite TV!

Just above the cabin are some scattered pieces of mining equipment. We found the remains of a jaw crusher and an ore bin. These were of more modern origin and indicate someone had reworked the mine on a small scale not too long ago. We continued higher up to the mine itself and the older millsite.

Silver was first discovered here by Mexicans around 1870. The early days were prosperous. The mine produced over $165,000 in silver from 1875 to 1889. (That’s an impressive figure for the time.) So much activity was going on here that a stagecoach ran daily to the little mine camp. But, as these things often go, the rich ore played out and the mine fell silent. Reports show that the mine was active again in the early 1920s when a ten stamp mill and flotation plant were constructed. And briefly active again in the 1940s when the tunnels were lengthened in a failed pursuit to find more ore along the once rich mineral vein.

Don’t get too excited about exploring the mine these days; the lower adit is flooded and the upper one caved-in.

The old road is overgrown. The old road is over...
It starts to look like a road again. It starts to look li...
I spot a cabin up ahead. I spot a cabin up ah...
We also find some mining equipment. This is a concentrating table. We also find some mi...
A homemade cart of some kind. A homemade cart of s...
Shaker table but what is the cynlinder with windows? Shaker table but wha...
Bulldozer with a hoist lift. Bulldozer with a hoi...
Track dozer. Track dozer.
One heck of a sitting spot. One heck of a sittin...
This cabin was the main residence. This cabin was the m...
Inside of the cabin. It needs a bit of fixing up but is furnished. Inside of the cabin....
Kitchen area. There is still lots of household items here. Kitchen area. There ...
Sink and cups. Sink and cups.
The stove is missing, but the utensils are all here. The stove is missing...
Batteries for the electrical system. Batteries for the el...
Inside of the storage cabin. Note the fireplace in the rear wall. Inside of the storag...
Hard to see behind the board holding up the roof, but there is a firebox back there. I'm not sure of its purpose. Hard to see behind t...
The place even has satellite TV! The place even has s...
Pantry is a little bare. Pantry is a little b...
Do you think the olives are still good? Do you think the oli...
Cabin and storage. Cabin and storage.
Up the road is more mining equipment. Up the road is more ...
Grizzly. Grizzly.
Ore bin and jaw crusher. Ore bin and jaw crus...
Diamond Iron Works jaw crusher. Diamond Iron Works j...
Crushing plates. Crushing plates.
US Army 30kw AC generator to run the jaw crusher. US Army 30kw AC gene...
Generator controls. Generator controls.
The mine is up the hill. The mine is up the h...
The old road. The old road.
Foundations of an older mill. Foundations of an ol...
Another generator in the brush. Another generator in...
Believe it or not, there is an adit portal down there. Believe it or not, t...
Approaching the old mine camp. Approaching the old ...
Old shed. Old shed.
Another small shack. Another small shack.
An ancient broom still sits against the wall. An ancient broom sti...
Powder magazine. Powder magazine.
It's empty. It's empty.
Looking down at the mill foundations. Unfortunately little remains. There was once a 10 stamp mill here. Looking down at the ...
Farewell for now. Farewell for now.


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