Santa Fe Mine

Back in early 2012, Ed and I stopped by a mine in the Santa Fe district near Luning. The old mines in the district were discovered in 1879 and worked on and off until the 1920s. This mine was probably part of a larger group of mines, namely the Luning Consolidated Mine. These were typically silver, copper and lead producers with some gold. $2.4 million came out of the district from 1906 to 1921. That was a lot of money in those days.

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A high desert, hidden boulder mining camp, San Bernardino County

One of my mine exploring trips got cancelled at the last minute, on a weekend a few months ago, so I suddenly had some free time on my hands. I decided to try and find a supposed arrastra and petroglyph site out in the Mojave desert. Arrastras are always fun to find because they are so rare besides being historical. Petroglyphs are more common but can be equally difficult to locate. (Not to mention they are both cool.)

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Pictograph boulder at the Base of Queen Mountain, Joshua Tree National Park

A couple of months or so ago, I decided to go out to Joshua Tree National Park and see if I could find a small pictograph site hidden in a boulder field in the backcountry. I had a good idea of where it was but you never know for sure and I would still have to search for it.

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Johnny Shoshone Spring, Death Valley National Park

A few years back, we visited little-known Johnny Shoshone spring. It is a place I’ve been curious about for some time. The spring is not much more than a seep but what is interesting is that it was a summer camp of Johnny Shoshone, one of the last of the Panamint Shoshone Indians living in the Panamint mountains.

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1900s Abandonded miners cabin, Mineral County

I met up with my hiking buddy, Eduardo, a few weekends ago in the western Nevada (Mineral County) desert. We did a couple of five hour hikes to some remote and long forgotten miner’s cabins tucked away in the hills. There were no roads, heck, there wasn’t even a trail. We went cross-country. We made a long loop out of this trip. Anyway, they aren’t the easiest places to reach. This is one of the cabins we hiked to.

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“Tower” Canyon Ruins

This is a remote Ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi) ruin site with many ruined towers and cliff dwellings. I had read about the site some time ago and was eager go check it out. The site is not hard to reach, but hours of hiking and climbing are required to reach some of the ruins. I certainly wasn’t able to explore it all and need to return. The canyon bottom has a creek that probably has water all year and the people who lived here likely farmed crops.

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Single stamp mill ruin, Mineral County

Recently, I was out exploring around Mineral county in western Nevada with Ed. (We were looking for old mines and cabins; of course.) And we stumbled across this old mine site with some colorful tailings while hiking to another mine. We didn’t expect to see anything along the way, so this was a pleasant surprise. We haven’t researched the history of the site yet but it is old; pre-WWII by my guess. Perhaps, it is pre-1930s as well? It looks like a small operation, so I doubt we will be able to come up with much anyway.

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