Tag: Ghost Towns

Ted Nestor Cabin

  Nestled among four gold mines, the Talisman Placer Mine, the Mount Moriah Mine, the Pilgrim Mine and the Yellow Jacket Mine lies the Ted Nestor cabin. I don’t know the history or how it relates to the mines but it was…

Almaden Quicksilver County Park

In the foothills above the affluent San Jose suburb of Almaden Valley lies dozens of mercury mines and the ruins from nearly 140 years of mining operations. The area features several furnaces, dozens of shafts, bunk houses, offices, equipment, railroad…

Bonnie Claire

Bonnie Claire began it’s life as a mining camp named Thorpe’s Well in the 1880’s. It became a town in 1904. Later the Bonnie Clare and Bullfrog Mining Company purchased the mill and also built another. The town of Bonnie Claire was…

Chinese Camp

We have driven by and through Chinese Camp several times over the years on our travels up and down Highway 49 but never stopped. But now with Lake Don Pedro so low and the Tarantula and Eagle-Shawmut Mines exposed we…

Plumas Eureka State Park

The Plumas-Eureka State Park consist of the Plumas-Eureka (Mohawk) Stamp Mill, the museum built in the old miners barracks, the Eureka Tunnell, nearby Jamisin City and mine, and the town of Johnsville. Tours are offered but the state website does not mention…

Jamison Mine (Jamison City)

A popular hiking destination located within Plumas-Eureka State Park. The Jamison was a top producer that once yielded a 52lb nugget. The mine site is also known as Jamison City. Within the valley are the Eureka Tunnel, the Mohawk Mill…

Goldfield

Between Carson City and Las Vegas lies Goldfield, a boomtown that began in 1903 with the discovery of gold. Much of the town was destroyed by a fire in 1923 but many buildings survived and still exist today. In 1907…

Lucy Gray Mine

The Lucy Gray is a popular 4X4 destination. Several structures are still standing in the camp and many adits have been sealed with bat gates but doubtful all as USGS Topo shows dozens of shafts and tunnels in the area. The mine…

Briggs Camp

Briggs Camp is a popular 4×4 destination with a well cared for cabin. The Cabin was built by Harry Briggs a miner and is now cared for by the Friends of Briggs Camp. The Honolulu Mine aka Thorndike Mine on…

Standard Hill

Want to buy a gold mine? There are plenty for sale near Standard Hill, W. W. Bowers first found gold here in March of 1894. There are dozens of mines and ruins to match in the area around Standard Hill…

La Grange

Founded in 1852 by French miners who struct gold in the nearby Tuolomne River La Grange was a mostly lawless town after mining all but ceased by 1880. Famous for the many dredges that operated in the are though the…

Hornitos

  We took off on a warm summer day to look for mines near highway 49 south of Lake McClure and made a pass through Hornitos. I call it “Horny Toes” for fun. There’s actually a lot of history with…

Chloride AZ

On a trip from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon we stumbled upon Chloride after a stop for gas from Uranus.  Gold and other minerals were first discovered in 1840, The town was formed in 1863. It grew to 5,000…

May Lundy Mine

The “May Lundy Mine” is located at 11,000 ft on the east side of Mt. Scowden near the Tioga Crest. I doubt anyone has been up there for many years. It operated from 1879 to 1885 and then off and…

Chloride City

Chloride City is best known for the ruins of several “dug out” style dwellings (east of the pin) accessible by 4 wheel drive vehicles only. Also known for the lone grave of “James McKay” which no one knows anything about…

Rhyolite

So why on earth is there a Nevada ghost town on a California Gold Rush site? Because Rhyolite was the queen of Death Valley’s gold boom. The town was the gateway to many California gold mining operations like Chloride City,…

Keane Wonder Mine & Mill

The Keane Wonder Mine (Death Valley) was discovered by Jack Keane in the early 1900’s along the Chloride Cliffs below Chloride City. In 1906 investors made the mine a major gold mine and one of the most productive in Death…

Coloma

The old town of Coloma has some residents but is generally considered a ghost town. The only residents are museum/park workers and a few miners. Several original buildings exist. Part of the Marshal Gold Discovery State Park. I believe a…

Cerro Gordo Mines

Why another silver mine on this Gold site? Well, honestly I could not help myself. I stumbled upon Cerro Gordo on a California travel website that had mistakenly classified it as a Gold mine/town. But a quick hop to Wikipedia…

Alleghany

Established in 1859 the town was named after the Alleghany Tunnel mine which was named after the Alleghany River. The town was home to the miners of the famed 16 to 1 mine which has been operating since the original…

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