“Chips Ahoy Mine”

On a cold New Year’s Day in 2008, Guy and I found ourselves out in the Nevada desert (once again) in search of a seldom visited mine (once again!). With access being difficult, the terrain rough and rugged, the prospects of finding a relatively untouched mine seemed high to us. Up canyons, along cliffs, across ridges we hiked until we reached our destination, the Chips Ahoy Mine!

If you happen across this mine, enjoy and share among only true friends, as sites like this are vanishing everyday!

For more photos of this mine, check out Guy Starbuck’s page for the “Chips Ahoy Mine”.

A tram tower on an opposite ridge. A tram tower on an o...
A mid-mine haulage adit we entered through. A mid-mine haulage a...
A 'Y' intersection. A 'Y' inte...
Winding through the mountain. Winding through the ...
Approaching a major intersection underground. Approaching a major ...
An old hand windlass cast aside. An old hand windlass...
Guy at a primitive ore chute. Guy at a primitive o...
An interesting bridge across an open hole. I'm sure it is OSHA approved! An interesting bridg...
Guy puts his faith into the miners that worked this mine and crosses the bridge. Guy puts his faith i...
An interesting ore chute with a steel gate. An interesting ore c...
A little bit of mineralization. A little bit of mine...
Another ore chute; this one looks to be made of scrap lumber. Another ore chute; t...
The tracks curved around a corner and over an inclined shaft being only supported by a steel pipe drilled into the mine wall. The tracks curved ar...
The main incline shaft that goes to the surface and also drops deeper into the mountain from the level we entered on. The main incline sha...
Guy investigating the ladders on the incline. Guy investigating th...
Looking down the incline an ore chute appears overhead. Looking down the inc...
Guy descends the incline. Guy descends the inc...
A closer view of the overhead ore chute. A closer view of the...
Near the bottom of the incline we come across an ore skip that someone has started to dismantle. Near the bottom of t...
The ore skip and track heading off to the lower level. The ore skip and tra...
Looking at the skip hanging near the bottom of the incline. Looking at the skip ...
A little beat-up but still is decent shape. A little beat-up but...
At the very back and bottom of the mine is another ore chute. At the very back and...
Guy ascends the incline heading back out. Guy ascends the incl...
A water pressure tank we near the surface of the mine. A water pressure tan...
An air pressure tank near the surface of the mine. An air pressure tank...
Looking up the incline at a headframe. Part of this headframe is underground! Looking up the incli...
Exiting the mine under the headframe. Exiting the mine und...
Back on the surface, we discover a blacksmiths shop adjacent to the headframe. Here is a bit sharpener. Back on the surface,...
We find a forge. Air was supplied below the burning material to induce oxygen and cause the material to burn hotter. We find a forge. Air...
A view of the drill sharpener and forge. A view of the drill ...
This vent hood would have sat over the forge. This vent hood would...
An anvil would have sat here. An anvil would have ...
Looking at the headframe, orebin and blacksmiths shop situated on the side of the mountain. The hoist works sat lower on the mountain side. Looking at the headf...
Another view of the headframe and blacksmiths shop. Another view of the ...
The mines main orebin. The mines main orebin.
Looking over the side of the waste pile is what appears to be the compressor house. Looking over the sid...
A closer view. You can see the remains of a compressor still sitting inside. A closer view. You c...
The old compressor! The old compressor!
The canvas belt is still sitting next to the flywheel. The canvas belt is s...
In the collapsed hoist house are the gear driven hoist and power unit. In the collapsed hoi...
I'm not sure if the power unit is steam, air or fuel driven. I'm not sure if...
Track remains on top of the waste rock below the main orebin. Track remains on top...
Tracks over a chute that would have loaded tram buckets and sent them down the mountain. Tracks over a chute ...
A brake for the tramway. A brake for the tram...
A well greased pulley. A well greased pulley.
Looking back across the canyon at the blacksmiths shop, headframe and orebin. Looking back across ...
The first tram tower that spanned cable across the canyon from the mine before the cable dropped to the valley floor below. The first tram tower...
A slack pulley to keep cable slack from dragging across the rocky ridge as tram buckets dropped to the valley floor. A slack pulley to ke...
Looking up at the tram tower pulleys. A good mine, a good trip and a good time were had on this adventure! Looking up at the tr...

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