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Gold Mines and Mills - Mojave Preserve

Death Valley Mine



Gold Milling and Mining Company (initially called Dawson Camp) was formed by the Dawson brothers. First opened in 1906, most production was between 1917 and 1921. The quartz veins contained argentite (silver sulfide) and galena (lead sulfide). Typical of ore bodies in arid climates, the silver at the ground surface was dissolved and carried down the dip of the vein and redeposited. The portion of the vein above the water table was “secondarily enriched” with embolite (silver chloride/bromide). The underground workings burned in 1927. The equipment present today is the result of mine reactivitation in the 1950s, and includes an unusual steel headframe. The first ore was hauled to the rail head at Cima, bound for the mill at Needles. By 1907, ore was sent to the American Smelting and mining Company in Salt Lake City. The onsite mill burned in 1927. The 1931 concentration plant consisted of a Blake-type (14 x 21”) crusher, and classified ore went to an elevator feeding a marathon rod (roller) mill, then to elevated 10-mesh screens where oversize ore was returned to the crusher. The fines went to a cone classifier that fed the coarse fraction to an Isabell concentrator, and fines to a double-deck Deister (concentrating) table. The entire plant was driven by an electric motor.

When one author (Bob Reynolds) visited the mine caretakers (Dick and Bea Huff) in the mid-1970s, Dick had just finished clearing debris from the collapsed vertical shaft. He and Bob climbed down to the main crosscut and observed almost a hundred skeletons of birds (scrub jays and flycatchers) and mammals (cottontails and ground squirrels). During hot weather, the animals had worked their way down fissures in the collapsed shaft, following the scent of moisture. Groups of skeletons lay pointed at puddles; they could enter the mine to drink sulfate-rich water, but could not climb out for food.

Old Ores: Robert E. Reynolds and Ted Weasma

History of the Death Valley Mine

The Death Valley Mine was discovered in 1906 by J. L. Bright of Kelso. In July, 1906, the Death Valley Gold Milling and Mining Company of Denver took over the mine, and ... (more)

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