Ghost Towns and Mines


Red rock mine, NV

The Red Rock mine is located near Boundary Peak, at about 7000’ elevation. It was started in 1927 and remained in operation until at least 1957. Besides the mill, there are cabins and bunkhouses for the workers, garages, workshops, a house and other structures where the owner lived, and many other interesting things to see. The mine was originally all underground, with over 4000’ of tunnels, but later they switched to open cuts and pits.

This is one of the most interesting sites I’ve visited, with its unusual mill for processing mercury ore, and the numerous structures spread over a large area. Folks, if you go there, please don’t abuse this awesome, historic site!

Because there is so much to see at this site, I’ve decided to provide a separate page for each area of interest. Below you’ll see a few photos of each structure. Clicking on any of these will take you to that structure’s page, where you will be able to see many more photos showing all details of the structure and its surroundings.

Right: I found this small scorpion while setting up camp near the mill. Normally a pale tan and brown, it glows blue when exposed to ultraviolet light.

Posted August 2012.

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Red Rock Mine:  The Mill

(Click the title or any photo to see more pics of each structure and its surroundings.)

This fascinating mill features complex equipment for extracting mercury from ore. Nearby is the brick ruins of an earlier retort.

Red Rock Mine:  The Cabins

This small cluster of cabins sits near the mill. One is made of stone. The rest are wood covered with tarpaper or rolled roofing material.

Red Rock Mine:  Main House

In the canyon below the mill is a group of buildings where the mine’s owner and his family lived. These include a small, wooden house on a stone foundation; a stone garage; a bath house; a stone cabin; and a corrugated metal shop building.

Red Rock Mine:  The Bunkhouse

This bunkhouse is located across the canyon from the mill ruins.