Ghost Towns, Mines, and More!


The Lotus Mine is also known as the Manson Mine or the Keystone Mine. The earliest workings here date to before 1900. Lotus Mines, Inc. acquired the property from Carl Mengel in 1935. Production was intermittent. In the late 1960s the mine was unofficially “worked” by the infamous Charles Manson gang, who were living at the nearby Barker Ranch at the time.

In 1972 new exploration was undertaken and considerable work was done not only on the mines but also on the road through Goler Canyon. One of the Lotus claims, the Keystone mine, became a producer of rich ore in the 1980s.

Posted August 2016.

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Lotus Mine, CA (aka “Manson Mine” or “Keystone Mine”)