“DRV Mine”

On a recent trip to Nevada, we completed our initial exploration of the “DRV Mine”, a mine which we had discovered earlier in the year but were unable to explore due to time constraints. The ‘DRV’ is a more modern abandoned mine then most, having only been developed during the gold boom of the 1980’s.

Our initial exploration lasted several hours from early evening to late into the night. We found the ‘DRV’ to be rather large in size with the initial haulage adit being an estimated 800 foot deep decline to the start of the mines workings. Once at the start of the mines workings, drifts and crosscuts took off in many directions and elevations twisting all about underground.

In the hours we spent underground we discovered a large workshop, a break room, several flooded passageways, many strange mineral growths and lots of workings to explore! Unfortunately the lower levels of the ‘DRV’ appear to be completely flooded and inaccessible at this time. Based on the workings we saw, a partial map of the mine we found, we estimate that we only saw roughly 20% of the ‘DRV’.

I look forward to returning to the “DRV Mine” in the near future and fully exploring the many drifts, crosscuts, raises and levels we didn’t see this trip!

Be sure to check out Guys photos of the “DRV Mine” and Boxcars video of our exploration of the DRV Mine!

Midway down the haulage adit decline. Midway down the haul...
We find an old HQ Office Supply Warehouse shopping cart. We find an old HQ Of...
An interesting intersection with electrical lines, air lines, water lines and dewatering lines. An interesting inter...
A break room in the DRV. A break room in the ...
Guy looking out the break room door. Guy looking out the ...
Behind the break room we find a commode. Behind the break roo...
The #1 Shop of the DRV Mine. The #1 Shop of the D...
This is a large shop complex! This is a large shop...
Large cable spools. Large cable spools.
A well made steel work bench. A well made steel wo...
The shops parts bins and miscellaneous supply's are scattered about. The shops parts bins...
An ACME first aid kit! An ACME first aid kit!
A flooded drift to some lower workings that was being use as a sump to dewater the mine. A flooded drift to s...
A drift heading off to ???? A drift heading off ...
Some mineral growth on the walls of a drift. Some mineral growth ...
Some mineral growth on the walls of a drift. Some mineral growth ...
We found a small room where extra supplies were stored. We found a small roo...
A very large room with a lone pillar. A very large room wi...
The floor of one drift was covered in this fibrous growth we believe to be gypsum. The floor of one dri...
An air duct, water and air lines disappearing through the floor to a lower level. An air duct, water a...
A short flooded drift. A short flooded drift.
Many parts of the mine had running water with mineral growths. Many parts of the mi...
Another wall covered with mineral growth. Another wall covered...
Looking way down an incline at two explorers. Looking way down an ...
We found a number of bulkheads that were used to direct airflow underground. We found a number of...
The crew heading back towards the surface. The crew heading bac...

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