The Wall Street Gold Mill is a very interesting and rare example of a complete small desert gold mill. And to boot, it is only a short walk inside the backcountry of Joshua Tree National Park.

Once owned by renown prospector and rancher Bill Keys, this two-stamp mill was a custom mill, meaning that it processed ore in batches for many local area mines. Keys started up the mill here in 1932 after purchasing the stamps from New Eldorado Company at Pinyon Well and relocating it from there. The mill had been working at Pinyon Well since 1891. Keys worked the mill intermittently until 1942 when WWII closed all the gold mines.

As an interesting side note, Bill also shot a man named Worth Bagley along the trail here. As the story goes in the late 1930s, a retired lawman named Bagley, moved into a nearby homestead. The two had a gun battle over water rights and Bagley was shot and killed. Keys claimed self-defense but was convicted of manslaughter and sent to San Quentin. He was paroled and, eventually, he was pardoned in 1956. Keys died in 1969 and is buried at Keys Ranch.

We have visited the mill a few times over the years. Even walking out there at night once. It is a great place.

Wall Street Mill
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