Ghost Towns and Mines


This mine was started in 1909 and was worked until 1938. It was the last operating mine in the Masonic mining district. In the 1950s and 1960s a lone prospector worked the mine, just getting out enough good ore to get by. His presence at the site probably helped prevent it from being destroyed sooner.

Because there is so much to see at this site, I’ve decided to provide a separate page for each area of interest. This page is dedicated to the larger mill. Follow the link below to visit my Chemung Mine, CA page and see the other features of this historic mining complex.

This mill is much larger than the first, and contained more equipment for processing the ore. There is a tall wooden ore bin at the upper end of the mill. The biggest “room” is largely exposed, having had most of the walls either torn down or stripped of sheathing. Everything is riddled with bullet holes, even the concrete foundations of the machinery.

Posted August 2013.

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Chemung Mine, CA -- The Big Mill