Tag Archives: Mine Exploration

“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.
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King Midas Mine

On a warm spring day in 2008, Guy and I hiked to the seldom visited King Midas Mine high in the Funeral Mountains of Death Valley National Park. Located near the world famous Keane Wonder Mine, the King Midas often gets overlooked due to its short production history, a more modern mining period and little written history.
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“Pontiac” Mine

The “Pontiac Mine” originally dates to the 1920’s, though it has a fairly extensive period of mining activity. Most recent work seems to date to the mid-1980’s when multiple stopes were worked and drifts drilled. With the price of gold increasing and mining companies claiming previously abandoned mines, we learned in mid-2008 that drilling was to begin around the “Pontiac” with future plans of an open pit mine on the horizon.
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“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!
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Tenderfoot Mine & Mill

Back in the summer of 2011, while on a camping trip in Northern Washington state, I took a quick hike to the Tenderfoot Mine and Mill. The mine predates 1932 when it was re-recorded as the Gold Crown Mine by E.B. Bales and George Letson. In 1951, possibly the time period the mill was (re)built, owners Vic Byrski, Vern Anderson, and Perry Luce claimed that ore values were assayed at $12 to $93 per ton.
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Shady Myricks Bloodstone Claim

A number of years ago I was offered the chance to visit Francis Marion “Shady” Myrick’s Bloodstone mining claim near Brown Mountain, CA; now located within the boundaries of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. An opportunity not to be passed up, I was pleasantly surprised and pleased to meet Mr. John Lightburn, Shady’s great-grandnephew who conveyed stories of Shady’s adventures and life in the Mojave Desert and Colorado.
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