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 small mill. Follow the link below to visit my Chemung Mine, CA page and see the other features of this historic mining complex.

The smaller of the two mills at this site is an unusual structure consisting mainly of a small ore bin, where ore was loaded from the mine, and a much larger bin. A wood-framed building encloses and joins the two bins. A conveyor was used to move ore into the larger bin, and there are a few foundations of other equipment that has since been removed. The roof of the building gives it a somewhat barn-like appearance.

This may have been an earlier mill, or a more recent one, or it may have simply provided some sort of “pre-processing” of the ore prior to milling in the larger mill.

Posted August 2013.

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Chemung Mine, CA -- The Small Mill