I heard there were a few wrecked cars out in the wide expanse of the Pinto Basin but I didn’t know how many or what to expect or even if they were really there. In 2015, I decided to start up a trip to chase them down.
Even though I knew what I was looking for, finding so many junked cars out in the middle of nowhere was still a fun surprise. Why
The “Car Wash” site is associated with the small mining operation of Gold Rose. A man by the name of Dale Holmes had a crew of men working out here in 1949. The floatation mill consisted of a Blake crusher, Wheeler ball mill, amalgamation jig, plates, a cone tank, and two settling tanks.
The NPS removed the mill building in the 1970s. But why would miners bring out a bunch of junked cars out here? The answer to that question will probably remain a mystery.
These days, the site is a neat spot to roam around and take some photos. Please leave everything here. It is illegal to remove any historical artifacts from a National Park, including these old cars.