Van Ness Mine

We were out on a exploring trip in the high mountains of central Nevada in 2008 and I talked our group into a side-trip to check out this mine camp. It turned out to be a small camp with not much left but interesting just the same. It was a rich cinnabar mine that was mainly worked in the 1920s.


The mine consists of two shafts both of which are caving and not worth going in. The mine isn’t worth a special trip, but if you are in the area, it is a nice spot to spend a little time at.

For more information and history on this mine is in Shawn Hall’s “Preserving the Glory Days: Ghost Towns and Mining Camp of Nye County, Nevada”.


Looking down on the mine camp. Looking down on the ...
Workshop and hoist house. Workshop and hoist h...
This looks to be collapsing in. This looks to be col...
A hoist would have been here.  The headframe above the shaft is long gone. A hoist would have b...
Van Ness mine camp. Van Ness mine camp.
Empty part bins. Empty part bins.
This looks like the remains of a large compressor. This looks like the ...
Old truck body. Old truck body.
Cookhouse? Cookhouse?
The mine dump from the mine have been reclaimed by nature. The mine dump from t...
Looking back at the camp with its mercury retort. Looking back at the ...
Heater. Heater.
Bunkhouse? Bunkhouse?
Another old car hiding in the brush. Another old car hidi...
The mercury retort. The mercury retort.
Looks like they would pour mercury out here. Looks like they woul...
An old fuel can rests in the bushes. An old fuel can rest...


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