Ghost Towns and Mines

 

minnietta, CA





Mining began at this site with the founding of the Minnietta Star Belle Mine in 1876, followed by the Mountain View and Keystone Mines. All three mines were sold to Jack Gunn in 1883 and remained in the Gunn family until 1946.


Until the early 1990s there were several buildings in the mining camp. When I first visited this site, the mine office had been badly damaged by vandals, but was still standing even as late as 1990. The bunkhouse and mess hall were also damaged but in better shape. These were blown up by vandals using stolen dynamite sometime around 1993. (Documents posted in the one remaining building state that this destruction took place in 1989, however I have photos from the early ‘90s that show these buildings still standing.)


Currently the only building remaining at the site is the superintendent’s house, which has been refurbished and maintained by volunteers under the BLM’s “Adopt A Cabin” program.


To the east of the camp, on the other side of the ridge, is the Keystone Mine and mill ruins. Above the camp are various mine tunnels and adits. Another mine is just west of the camp. Across the canyon are the remains of an old townsite, including several stone foundations, a couple crumbling stone buildings, and a large stone corral. Farther up the canyon is another mine with a stone cabin.



Posted August 2016.



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Minnietta, CA:  The Camp


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Minnietta, CA:  The Keystone Mine



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Minnietta, CA:  The Minnietta Mines


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Minnietta, CA:  The Townsite


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Minnietta, CA:  The Stone Cabin


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