2016 Nevada-Mojave Trip


Part two: Mines, mines, mines!

Above: Camping among the ruins at the Lookout Mine in Nevada.

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Lookout Mine, NV

The Lookout Mine is in the Good Hope (White Wolf) mining district of Esmeralda County. Little is known about the history of this site. There are reports of ore from this area being shipped out for processing prior to 1906. Some minor activity continued off and on, possibly as late as the 1960s, and an official report states that there was a resident (and unfriendly dog) at the site in 1982.

There are ruins of several stone buildings, cabins and dugouts at the base of the hill below the mine. On the hillside are the foundations and other debris from an early stamp mill.

The mine is a shaft near the top of the hill. It is topped with a small headframe of welded steel construction; obviously more recent vintage than the stone ruins. There is also a relatively modern hoist, which is missing its motor and possibly other parts.

Above: The headframe and hoist.

Right: The mine shaft is in very good condition.

Below: One of the stone cabin ruins north of the mine, near my campsite.

Left: A “dark morph” red tail hawk, on a telephone pole near Dyer, NV.

Below: A herd of pronghorn antelope just north of Fish Lake Valley, NV.

New Boston Mill and Black Butte Mine, NV

The New Boston Mill was built in the late 1870s. Around 50-60 people lived in the mill camp, which had two stores, two saloons, a restaurant, livery stable and blacksmith’s shop.

The mill operated sporadically, and burned down in 1884. All that remains at the site are extensive foundations of dark green and brown stone.

The Black Butte Mine is on the hill above the mill site, just below a dark, rocky peak for which the mine is named.

The mine currently houses seismic sensors to monitor earthquake activity.

Above: The ore dump and chute, for loading ore into a truck or wagon.

Right: The mine is sealed with an unusual metal door.

Left: I got this photo of the mine interior through the gap at the side of the door.

Above: A pair of turkey vultures with roadkill, northeast of Hawthorne, NV.

Nevada Rand Mine, NV

This mine was a tricky one to find. I could see it from a few miles away, but any closer and it was no longer visible until you’re almost there. In addition, the main trail to the mine was washed out. I ended up hiking up to the top of a hill and scouting out a route that way.

The Nevada Rand Mine is just over the ridge to the west of the Golden Pen Mine, which I visited in 2013. Both mines were discovered in 1908. The company eventually owned seven claims in the area.

Right: One of two large ore bins at the main mine.

Below: The cabin at the mine.

Above: A short distance to the east is another shaft, with an ore bin and the ruins of a cabin.

Left: This cabin is partially collapsed and the rest is leaning over.

Below: The roof of a fallen cabin can be seen below the ore bin.

Above and below: Scenery near the Nevada Rand Mine.

Nevada Scheelite Mine, NV

This mine was active from 1937 to 1957, and for a brief period in 1974, mining scheelite, a tungsten ore. The entire site is currently up for sale. There are 15 buildings, and a vertical, three-compartment main shaft to 400 feet. There is an inclined winze (underground shaft) to the 500 foot level.

The entire facility is fenced and gated, and possibly guarded, so I had to settle for taking photos with a zoom lens from a hillside outside the fence.

Left and below: A red tail hawk near the Nevada Scheelite Mine.

Red Top Mine, NV

This small, unidentified mine is located high on a ridge overlooking Red Top Canyon.

Right: A dry weed glows in the setting sun.

Below: A desert kit fox seen on the road to the Nevada Quicksilver Mine, where I spent the night.

Go to the next page to read more about my 2016 Nevada/Mojave trip:

Nevada Trip 2016 Part Three

Coming up:  The Nevada Quicksilver Mine, Pershing Mine, Beacon Hill Mine, Boyer Ranch, Westgate Mill, and more!

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