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Death Valley National Park - Panamint Springs Area

Aguereberry Camp

Death Valley photo, Aguereberry Camp


The Aguereberry Camp, Death Valley National Park
































Panamint Mountains - Death Valley National Park

Skidoo Mill Skidoo (site) Harrisburg
Eureka Mine Cashier Mill Aguereberry Point
Wildrose Kilns Wildrose Peak Telescope Peak

Ecology: Panamint Range - 341Ff

Regional Geology: Northern Panamint Region

Old-time prospector Shorty Harris and greenhorn Pete Aguereberry found a promising looking ledge in the Panamint Mountains. Pete stayed behind and started working the claim, Shorty went ahead to file on the Eureka Mine in "Harrisberry". By the time Shorty had the papers completed and his tales told, word had gotten out on what had become known as "Harrisburg". Soon, over 300 people were living in tents near the camp. Only one -- Pete Aguereberry -- persisted working the claim for over forty years.

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Aguereberry Point
Elevation - 6,433 ft. It is easy to see why Pete Aguereberry enjoyed sharing this spectacular ...

Prospectors & Miners
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Pete Aguereberry
Death Valley Prospector and Miner

Shorty Harris
Old-time prospector Shorty Harris and greenhorn Pete Aguereberry found a promising looking ...

Death Valley Mining History
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Death Valley Ghost Towns
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Skidoo
... John Ramsey and John (One-Eye) Thompson were headed towards the new gold strike at Harrisburg. ...

Eureka Mine & the Cashier Mill
He was found and nursed back to health and lived to work his claim in the Eureka Mine ...


Ecoregion Notes:

Southern Great Basin
  • Panamint Range

    Harrisburg

    Location and History. Harrisburg or Harrisburg Flat is in east-central Inyo Count)' in Death Valley National Monument. It is about five miles north of Wildrose Canyon and nine miles south of Skidoo. Gold was discovered here in 1905 by Shorty Harris, one of the most colorful and best-known "singleblanket jackass prospectors" of the Death Valley region. He was also the first settler in Rhyolite, Nevada. Harrisburg, which was mainly a tent cit\', lasted for only a few years. The chief source of gold in the district was the Independent or Cashier mine, which had an output valued at about S3 00,000.

    Geology. There are several lenticular north- to northwest-striking gold-bearing quartz veins in dolomitic limestone. Granitic rocks also crop out in the area. The ore contained free gold and some sulfides. Much of the ore averaged about one ounce of gold per ton, but the values do not extend to depths of more than 150 feet.


    Bibliography
    Norman, L A., Jr., and Stewart, R. M., 1951, Inyo County, Independent mine: California Jour. Mines and Geology, vol. 47, p. 44.

    Waring, C. A., 1919, Inyo County, Cashier mine: Californio Min. Bur. Rept. 15, pp. 75-76.
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