Starbuck's Exploring

Hiking and exploring backcountry locations of the Western United States.

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Ames Camp

Roy Ames located some fluorspar claims in the hills above this little camp in 1941 but it doesn’t appear that he produced much if any fluorite. I suspect some of the buildings were already here by that time but he probably improved them. Roy passed away in 1966 and is buried in Tonopah.
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Juggler Petroglyphs

This is an interesting and fun little Fremont petroglyph site. The single anthropomorphic figure is surrounded by concentric circles. Amusingly, he looks like he is juggling suns, hence the name.

It’s possible there are a few more petroglyphs around in the immediate area. I’ll have to come back sometime and search.
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Blackmail Mill

There isn’t much left at this old silver mill. I had a fun time climbing around and through the broken timbers.

The mill once supported a cross-cut adit connected to a deep shaft. The adit is caved these days.
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Ascending Sheep Pictographs

Out in the Utah desert, we found an amazing set of Barrier Canyon Style pictographs. The panel consists of an animal spirit figure surrounded by bighorn sheep and two amorphic figures on the right. 
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“Mojave Car Wash”

This is an interesting little corner of the Mojave. I was surprised to see so many old junked cars out here. It is pretty unusual to see so many in one place but why are they here? They all seem to be missing their engines and drive-trains. One engine could have been used to power equipment at the mine, so why six more?
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Kay Cooper Mine

Located in 1946, this tungsten mine is a fairly recent discovery. In 1949-50, the mine was worked by Carl Cooper and R. C. Peterson of nearby Gabbs. It was later worked by a Ray Ricketts.
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Lakeshore Mine

Over the summer, I hiked up an old forest road to a mining camp that sits along the shore of a small glacial lake. It was a pretty neat find, nearly a dozen cabins in various states of collapse remain. A fallen mill sits just below the mine.
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John’s Wash Arborglyphs

Most of the historical relics I find on my hikes are from the booming mining industries of the early 1900s which dominated the Nevada landscape but there were other activities going on at the time. Ranching was just as important as mining to the early settlers and sheepherding was a part of that effort. Basque sheepherders from the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain came to Nevada during this time and found good pasture.
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Maintenance

I’ve been doing some long term maintenance on Starbuck.org. As a result, some trip reports were removed and others have had the order of their photos  mixed up.

I’m working on this but it will take some time. I don’t quite seem to have the time I used to put into the site. More trip reports are coming though.

Silver Lake and Iowa Mines

This was a really fun place to visit for me and one I’ve been trying to get to for some time. Weather makes it hard to get to most of the year and you have to climb up to the mine camp at 12,200 ft elevation.
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