Victorine Mine

I’ve known about this mine for a long time but had avoided it because it was so close to town. I figured everything had already been carted off and the mine reclaimed. Over the course of the last year or so, I had multiple sources bring it up. It still was a low priority but I started thinking more about it. Finally, we were out on a trip to Nevada and driving by the area. We stopped to pay a visit.

The mine was originally worked for gold and silver back in the 1860s and 1870s with a small amount of production. It sat idle for many years then was worked again in the 1930s and 40s. It remained idle again until about twenty years ago when a mining company developed a few thousand feet of drifts and workings. The gold and silver ore body is a nearly horizontal quartz intrusion into the surrounding limestone.

Of the mine workings, we focused on two main adits (tunnels), the lower haulage adit (also known as the Conveyor Drift) and the upper main adit on top of the massive mine dump.

We explored the lower conveyor adit first. A conveyor belt once ran the length of the tunnel, bringing ore out of the mine.  The adit was muddy and flooded with water in a few places.  It was just enough to sink in and almost get your boots stuck. Chains that once supported the conveyor hang down from the ceiling. At the end of the tunnel, we found a steel ore chute with water pouring out of it. This is draining the mine above. There was no access upward from here though.

Next, we went up to the main adit high above the conveyor adit. An extra large portal leads into multiple large room-and-pillar underground chambers. It didn’t take long however to discover that all of these passageways were either collapsed, filled-in or just came to a dead end. There wasn’t much to see in here other than the large rooms.

Back outside, we checked out the office building. A landslide has crushed a section of the steel structure. We took a look inside. And unfortunately, everything that wasn’t nailed down has disappeared and most everything else is vandalized. Too bad. I had hopes that the mine and camp would be in better condition but it reminds me of why I neglected going to it for so long in the first place.

Videos at bottom.

The portal of the Conveyor adit. The portal of the Co...
Brian and Dale are ready to go. Brian and Dale are r...
More muddy than wet here. More muddy than wet ...
Micah stops to admire the chains. Micah stops to admir...
The water is a bit deeper towards the end. The water is a bit d...
Steel ore chute from the ore pass above. Steel ore chute from...
Ladder up. Ladder up.
Micah lights up the mini waterfall coming from the ceiling. Micah lights up the ...
Ore chute. Ore chute.
Back outside. Back outside.
The view of the road up to the main adit. The view of the road...
The office building has seen better days. The office building ...
Entry hallway. Entry hallway.
Room with a view. Room with a view.
A landslide crushed this room. A landslide crushed ...
Toilet. Toilet.
The Dry Room is busted up. The Dry Room is bust...
Urinals. Urinals.
Natural lighting. Natural lighting.
Now that's a big adit. Now that's a bi...
Lots of big rooms here. Lots of big rooms here.
They don't go too far though. They don't go t...

Conveyor adit

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