Mojave River Valley Museum
Gold Hammer Mine
Watch for open mine shafts. We have passed through Paleozoic limestone and are now standing
on “Archean Gneiss” which contains gold-bearing quartz veins. The Gold Hammer Mine workings consist of an ore
loading structure (jaw crusher probably present), an Ellis Ball Mill for pulverizing ore, and a Wilfley shaker table
for concentrating the ore before shipment.
The owner, Mr. Stanley, worked the mine for years, but never banked any of the gold. When he died, a church group bought the mine
and proceeded to rip out the walls looking for his hidden treasure. They did not find even a trace of it. All that was accomplished
was destroying the building.