Ghost Towns and Mines


Tungsten was discovered at the south end of the Lodi Hills in 1944, and several mines were active in the area until 1960. The largest of these was the Victory Mine, identified on some newer maps as the Victory Tungsten Mine. It’s located on two sides of a ridge.

On the east side there is an inclined shaft on a slope, with the unusual headframe built into part of the stope. Below it there is an adit (horizontal mine tunnel) that intersects with the inclined shaft. A series of small bins and chutes channels ore and waste rock from the shaft, to a pair of loading points in the adit. Nearby is another adit that ends at a huge caved-in area.

On the west side of the ridge there is an adit that goes deep into the hill, at a lower level than the adits on the east side. A path around the hill connects the two sites. Originally there was a track here for ore cars, and in some places you can still see the wooden ties in the ground.

About a mile to the northwest is another, smaller adit and ore bin. I’m calling that site Little Victory Mine.

Posted September 2014.

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Victory Mine, NV