Category: Authentic Ghost Towns & Mining Camps

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Sweetwater Mine

What can I say, one of the coolest mining camps around. Only 30 remote minutes from Mariposa. The Sweetwater mining…

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Location
Mother Lode
Rating
3.00 / 5
Views
722
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Eagle Mountain

Surrounded by Joshua Tree National Park on three sides, Eagle Mountain is more of a ghost city than a ghost…

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Location
Joshua Tree
Rating
0 / 5
Views
381

Cerbat

Sometimes the temptation to go ghost towning and exploring abandoned mine shafts is overwhelming. On a family road trip from…

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Location
Mojave
Rating
3.00 / 5
Views
377
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Malakoff Diggins

Malakoff Diggins is California’s largest hydraulic gold mine. There are no shafts (except for massive drain tunnels) because the gold…

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Location
Mother Lode
Rating
3.50 / 5
Views
397
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Kennedy Gold Mine

Originally I had written off the Kennedy as a mine to tour because it lacked a stamp mill or tunnel…

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Location
Mother Lode
Rating
4.00 / 5
Views
358
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Bodie State Park

William Bodie discovered gold here in 1859 and a mill constructed in 1861. By 1880 10,000 people lived in Bodie.…

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Location
Eastern Sierra's
Rating
5.00 / 5
Views
299
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Clair Camp

Clair Camp is a popular 4×4 destination located 5 miles east of Ballarat. The road up Pleasant Canyon is flanked…

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Location
Death Valley
Rating
3.00 / 5
Views
294
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Log Cabin Mine

Don’t let the name fool you. This federal government owned mining site began operation in the early 1900. Modern operations…

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Location
Eastern Sierra's
Rating
5.00 / 5
Views
1122
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Golden Egg Mine

Some of my favorite mines to explore are the one man operations. The Golden Egg Mine was bought in 1940…

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Location
Joshua Tree
Rating
4.00 / 5
Views
305
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Goldome Mill

Goldome is one of the largest most modern milling operations we have visited. The tunnels have been sealed but the…

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Location
Mojave
Rating
4.00 / 5
Views
271

Masonic

Masonic is a true ghost town just a few miles north of Bodie. Originally founded as three towns by the…

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Location
Eastern Sierra's
Rating
3.00 / 5
Views
229
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Death Valley Mine

Where is the Death Valley Mine you ask? Well, its not in Death Valley, it is smack dab in Mojave…

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Location
Mojave
Rating
4.00 / 5
Views
188
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Jail Canyon

Several miles up the rugged and remote Jail Canyon exist the remarkably unaltered Corona Mine. The road up Jail Canyon…

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Location
Death Valley
Rating
5.00 / 5
Views
335
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Bonanza King Mine

Silver was found at the Bonanza King mine in 1880. By 1882 a large vein was struct valued at $1200…

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Location
Mojave
Rating
4.00 / 5
Views
299
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Red Cloud Mine

We stumbled upon the Red Cloud Mine on route from Pleasant Canyon to South Park Canyon in Death Valley. After…

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Location
Death Valley
Rating
4.00 / 5
Views
237
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Moser Mine

The Moser Mine or Moser Claims are a series of workings shown on USGS Topo only as prospects. In actuality…

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Location
Joshua Tree
Rating
4.00 / 5
Views
311
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World Beater Mine

Located just east of Ballarat up Pleasant Canyon around the corner from Clair Camp only yards outside Death Valley National…

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Location
Death Valley
Rating
5.00 / 5
Views
1443
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Harrisburg

We visited Harrisburg in 2014. Moderately preserved with moderate vandalism, sadly. Harrisburg is located in Death Valley National Park only…

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Location
Death Valley
Rating
0 / 5
Views
235

Aurora

Aurora Nevada is a fascinating ex-ghost town with almost nothing too see. How can there be an ex-ghost town? Well,…

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Location
Eastern Sierra's
Rating
3.00 / 5
Views
249
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Big Horn Mine

The Big Horn Mine is located in the southern part of Mojave National Preserve. Most noted for Hilltop House, a…

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Location
Mojave
Rating
4.00 / 5
Views
207
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