Starbuck's Exploring

Hiking and exploring backcountry locations of the Western United States.

Author: Guy Starbuck (page 1 of 74)

Cary’s Sun Cave Pictographs

Out in the area near Cary’s Castle is a fascinating pictograph site hidden under a large boulder. It took a few long hikes to track it down and, when we finally did find it, we didn’t get back to the trailhead until well after dark.

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“Silver Edsel” Mill

Mines in this part of Idaho were first worked in the 1880s and 1890s but development didn’t start in a serious way until the 1920s when the first mill was built on this site. The mill was expanded in 1934 into a 50-ton (per day) mill. The lead and silver ores were so rich, the 50-ton mill was scrapped and a new 100-ton mill was built the following year. Prospects continued to look bright and, in 1937, the mill was expanded again. In 1941, floatation tanks were added for zinc recovery.

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Crescent Peak Arrastra

I visited a fairly modern arrastra in southern Nevada not too long ago. It is mostly intact with the drag stones still in place. That is a rare find!

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“Super Cave” Pictographs

This is a sandstone rock shelter in southern Nevada with an interesting assortment of pictographs. Native American Southern Paiute and Mohave made their homes here and either could have made these markings. The site itself looks like it could have been a small encampment above a wash.

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Brooklyn Mine (Boulder Creek District)

I couldn’t find much history on this spot. Only that it was worked in 1907 for silver, lead, zinc, and some copper. Reportedly it was an underground hydraulic operation to wash ore out of the vein. That must have been something to see.

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