Starbuck's Exploring

Hiking and exploring backcountry locations of the Western United States.

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Gold Hitt Stamp Mill

In 2006, we took a side trip to check out the remains of a hidden 10 stamp and cyanide mill. The mine and mill were worked around 1915. There isn’t that much left of the mill even though it is in a remote location.
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“White Rambler” Mine

In early 2009, we went off in search of a few seldom visited mines on a cold and overcast winter day. It was some nice hiking in this remote and isolated corner of Death Valley National Park. The mines are small and more modern. I couldn’t find any information on them however.
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Sheep Creek Springs Cabin

The historic Sheep Creek Springs Cabin (Sheep Creek Cabin) was removed by the Barstow BLM in late October of 2011. The BLM paid contractors $3,495 to remove the cabin.

A mining camp sprang up here in 1906. Miner’s prospected for gold and silver in the hills above the camp. Not finding much in the way of gold and silver, the camp grew quiet. In 1911, William G. Kerckhoff purchased the claims and started the Avawatz Salt and Gypsum Company. They did some prospecting work on the salt, gypsum and talc deposits around the mouth of the canyon. The deposit was large enough that Kerckhoff planned to build a branch line from the Tidewater and Tonopah railroad. The railroad branch line was never developed though and the mine became idle.
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“Mule Tack” Cabin and Mine

This was a hard place to get to, mainly due to the long hike in. Knowing that we were in for a rough time, we decided to backpack in. It was a good choice. The mine isn’t much, with only two short adits, but records show it produced 34 tons, which was mostly silver, lead, copper and gold. The mine was worked on and off after 1926 and ore was packed out over the mountain on mules. What a journey that must have been. Water isn’t easy to come by up here either.
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Black Eagle Mine

We met up with Lewis of Ghost Town Explorers, Dan, and Jamie and Niki of Dzrtgrls fame for a short hike to an old forgotten mine site that has almost been destroyed by a modern mine. The mine was worked for lead, silver, copper and gold prior to the 1920s and then again in 1939 – 1940. Today, the ruins are barely standing. We were lucky to photograph the remains.
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“Palmer” Mine

This is quite a place! This is a huge and strange mine. The sound of underground rivers far below, 4′ bore holes going hundreds of feet through the mountain into the unknown, elevators, hoists, slushers, rusty ladders, pipes, stalactites, underground offices, work rooms, explosive lockers and strange experimental testing equipment, all spread across nine levels and miles and miles of drifts. A full day of exploring is just getting started in this place. We have visited this mine a few times and have still not seen all of it.
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“Hearts” and “Chips Ahoy” Mines

We finally went to a couple of mines I’ve been wanting to visit for years. We were surprised to find such extensive mines and tramways. They weren’t easy to reach. We had to hike up and down a few cliffs to reach both mines.
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Hovenweep – Square Tower Group

One of my favorite little national parks is Hovenweep National Monument. It is a quiet little area in the Four Corners part of Utah. It is one of the few campgrounds I actually enjoy visiting.
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Cave Springs Cowboy Camp

This is an Ancestral Puebloan (Anazasi) site that was also used by cattle ranchers to camp at. The site is inside of the Needles District in Canyonlands National Park and what a neat find it is. Everything here is protected. Please do not touch or remove anything. Besides being illegal, once removed, the story of an artifact is lost forever.

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Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument

This is a large solitary panel in a nice shady canyon of eastern Utah. Petroglyphs from the Ancestral Puebloan (Anazasi), Fremont and modern Ute are present. The site was used by multiple cultures for a long period of time, but why this spot? We may never know.
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