Honeycomb Stamp Mill

We also checked out the nearby stream.

We stopped by to check out this little three stamp mill in the western Sierra Nevada. It is a neat find. You don’t see many three stamp mills around. The mill was built around 1900 but never saw much use. It was electric powered and water was brought in on a flume. The Honeycomb mine was discovered in the 1880s and was a lode quartz gold mine. It never amounted to much with only a few thousand feet of workings.

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Squaw Spring Petroglyphs

Ok, yet another grinding rock. It is a village site. They had to eat.

We visited this Kawaiisu village and petroglyph site on a clear and cold January day. There are not many petroglyphs here but it is an interesting site none the less.

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“Apricot and Syrup” Mine, Death Valley National Park

This large 4 cylinder engine sits below the jaw crush and could have run a tram but we are not sure.

Back in February of 2012, Dan and I did some exploring to see what was left of this old mine. We had known about it for years, but finally gotten around to actually getting up there. The hike was actually farther than we expected but it was well worth the trip! It is not often you find such a nice, old mine camp.

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Santa Fe Mine

The upper tram terminal.

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

Boulder camp.

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

Pictograph boulder

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

Remains of the cabin.

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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