Location: Mojave

Mojave National preserve has an impressive array of gold mining related locations to explore. Gold mining began in 1865 by soldiers based in forts along the now famous Mojave Road which begins near Barstow and extends to the Colorado River. By the 1880′ railroads boosted gold mining in the area until precious metal mining was banned during WWII and miners shifted to cinder mining and iron mining. In the 1970’s cyanide heap leaching revitalized gold mining until Mojave National Preserve was established in 1994. Today all of the above mining activities still litter the landscape inside and surrounding the park.

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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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Mojave
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4.00 / 5
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204

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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Mojave
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3.00 / 5
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212
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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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Mojave
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4.00 / 5
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133
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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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Mojave
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4.00 / 5
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104
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Gold Hammer Mine

Years ago on a trip from Arizona near the California border I opened up my handy dandy topo to look…

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Mojave
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1.00 / 5
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116
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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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Mojave
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4.00 / 5
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116
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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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Mojave
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4.00 / 5
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65
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Burro Schmidt Tunnel

William “Burro” H. Schmidt began gold mining in the area in 1906. Rather than haul his ore over the steep…

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Mojave
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4.00 / 5
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Old Dutch Cleanser Mine

The Old Dutch Cleanser Company obtained its pumice from this mine from 1923 to 1947. I know this is a gold…

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Mojave
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3.00 / 5
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34
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