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Skidoo Mill

Skidoo, located in Death Valley National Park was famous in the early 1900′s. Producing over 75,000 ounces of gold. But…

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Location
Death Valley
Rating
5.00 / 5
Views
451
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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
719
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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
376
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Lippincott Lead Mine

The Lippincott Lead Mine aka Lead King Mine was discovered in 1906 and extensive works began by 1908. The mine,…

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Location
Death Valley
Rating
4.00 / 5
Views
529
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Giant King Mine

In May of 2017 on a 4×4 trip from Washington, CA to Alleghany we stopped along side Washington Road at Washington…

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Location
Mother Lode
Rating
1.00 / 5
Views
333
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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
395
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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
357
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16 to 1 Mine

The 16 to 1 Mine is one of the big boys on the block. Originally producing over one million ounces…

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Location
Mother Lode
Rating
5.00 / 5
Views
516
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Bonanza No. 8

Jim Crow Creek has a long and extensive mining history reaching back to the 1860’s including numerous “Bonanza” claims. On…

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Location
Mother Lode
Rating
3.00 / 5
Views
252
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Kentucky Mine Museum

The Kentucky Mill is one of the best preserved stamp mills I have had the pleasure to visit. A large…

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Location
Mother Lode
Rating
5.00 / 5
Views
422
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Empire Mine State Park

The Empire Mine has been on our list to explore for several years. We finally got a chance to drop…

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Location
Mother Lode
Rating
3.00 / 5
Views
319
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Calico Ghost Town

Calico Ghost Town is a former silver mining town that was transformed into a family attraction by Walter Knot of…

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Location
Mojave
Rating
4.00 / 5
Views
406
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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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Herman Mine

The stamps at the Herman Mine still stand tall as of our visit in May 2016 despite several forest fires…

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Location
Mother Lode
Rating
3.00 / 5
Views
483
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Sunset Mine

The Sunset Mine is located in the Old Dale Mining District just yards outside the Joshua Tree National Park boundary.…

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Location
Joshua Tree
Rating
4.00 / 5
Views
317
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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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War Eagle Mine

The War Eagle is an extremely popular destination for underground adventurist, very little remains at the surface. Massive tailings are…

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Location
Death Valley
Rating
5.00 / 5
Views
464
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Tuolumne Gold Dredge

I have known about the Tuolumne Gold Dredge for years, driven past it, viewed the plaque on the side of…

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Location
Mother Lode
Rating
3.00 / 5
Views
363
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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
1119
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