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.
Micah checks it out.
Mike greets me at the mine.
Headframe over the Little Buck shaft.
Alysia picks some juniper berries to throw at someone…
Note the woodworking on the cabin logs.
We move on to the Little Buck mine. The boiler and hoist were are neat to see.
The gang above the stope.
Another view of the boiler and hoist.
Front view of the boiler.
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.”
Up at another ruined cabin and mine.
Micah and Mike explore around.
The seemingly endless view of pinyon pines and juniper.
Not much left of downtown Fay.
Dune Primrose? (Oenothera deltoides)
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.
Hardly anything remains where there was once a 120 ton mill and many buildings.
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.
Alysia goes off to explore the tailings.
Old hole-in-can tin can.
Must have been something large in this can. Fruit?
Dan finds ruins of a miner’s cabin or office near the mill site
More eroded tailings.
Another shot of the Dune Primrose.