These mines of this district were first worked in the 1860s when the discovery of the Comstock brought miners to the area and they started to explore the surrounding hills for more rich bodies of ore.
The real interesting thing about this mine is the Huntington mill that is still here. The mill uses iron rollers to crush the ore in a similar method as an arrastra, except with the Huntington mill the rollers crush the ore on the side of the pan instead of the bottom. The date on the mill is 1886, so it had to be installed after that. The gasoline engine used to drive the mill suggests a working date after the
Not too many Huntington mills left in the backcountry, so it is a rare treat.
The mine and mill are on private property, so I’m not giving directions. Please do not disturb the owners.
Last Updated on March 1, 2021 by Guy Starbuck