We first visited this mining camp in 2002 not knowing what we would find there. A mining camp full of cabins was a great surprise. There are more than a half dozen buildings here.


Prospecting for gold around the Lucky S mine began as early as the 1850s but it wasn’t until around 1880 that it has any recorded production. In the next few years, a five stamp mill was built by the Greenville Iron Works. Another five stamps were added to the mill by 1898. The gold quartz lode mine had a few thousand feet of workings on two claims and was reworked over the years.


The mining camp was nearly destroyed by the Moonlight wildfire in September of 2007. A couple of cabins were burnt down but the rest of the camp survives. I’m sure the CDF and other firefighters worked very hard to save the site. Thank you guys!