Ghost Towns and Mines


Also known as the Whitney Mine, the Paymaster was once the largest producer in the region. It was most active from 1900 to 1914. The mine was reopened in the 1930s, and some activity continued off and on into the 1980s.

Currently there is very little to see here. At the lower end of the canyon there is a stone chimney, all that remains of a miner’s cabin. There are no structures at all left at the mine, nor any equipment. The mine itself is blocked by steel bars recently installed by the National Park service. There are other mines on the nearby hills; these too are devoid of structures.

Posted August 2015.

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Paymaster Mine, CA