Starbuck's Exploring

Hiking and exploring backcountry locations of the Western United States.

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Green Scorpion Mine

This is a small prospect I’ve wanted to check out for over a decade. I finally decided to track it down. I didn’t have an exact location but a good idea of where it was. So I went out scouting the hills. 

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North London Mine

Miner’s first worked gold, silver, and lead from the London Mine in 1874. After it was developed, they decided to try and work the lode from the south side of London Mountain. The South London Mine was born in 1880 and it was fabulously wealthy. It was one of the best strikes in Colorado’s history. The mines were eventually connected underground.

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Scratch Awl Mill

Over this last summer, we visited a few old mining ruins in Montana. We went out of our way to visit the Scratch Awl Mine as I was hoping there would be some equipment left on site to see.

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“Scallywag” Mine

This is a more modern mine out in Death Valley probably worked for lead or antimony. It has two tramways and a few ore buckets still on-site. Getting up to the mine is a challenge. There is one dry fall to climb up.

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“Joshua Tree Car Wash”

Our National Parks aren’t known for their collections of junked cars… Joshua Tree National Park has a collection though (and so does the Mojave).

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