Ghost Towns, Mines, and More!


Silver ore was found here in 1874, and before long the town of Darwin was born.  The town peaked in 1877 with a population of around 3500. By 1880 only 85 people were left, but in 1908 a new strike brought the slumbering town back to life, at least for a while.

In 1919 a company town was built on Mt. Ophir, a short distance to the north. This mine remained active until 1942 when it was shut down due to WWII. After the war the mine was reopened and continued production until the 1970’s. Today about 40 people still occupy Darwin.

To see more photos of the Vizo gas pumps at Darwin, visit my Vizo Gas Pumps page.

To see more photos of the Chevy tanker truck at Darwin, visit my Chevy Tank Truck page.

Posted August 2011.

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Darwin, CA