A Deep Mine In The Nevada Desert – Part 2 of 2. This abandoned mine has some of the best miner’s graffiti I have ever come across in our many mine explores... Although we see the aftermath of the miner’s work in these videos and often see the equipment they mined with, it isn’t often that we get an insight into the personalities and personal lives of the miners. However, this graffiti allows us to connect with them across time and distance. Many, if not all, of them are likely no longer in the land of the living. So, this allows us to see and to feel what once was… As you can see from the range of dates, mining took place here for a while.
How about those very fully loaded ore chutes at the far end of the main adit? I could almost feel the pressure inside the adit of those tons of rocks straining the wood to its limits. It really seemed like those ore chutes could pop at almost any time. And, as you saw, my forward progress was blocked by the rubble that spilled into the adit from one of the chutes that failed. It made me wonder how much farther the drift continued past that collapsed ore chute? Did it perhaps connect to that deep cut we saw in the first video?
The portal I examined at the end of the video (when I got back outside and climbed up to the top of the hill) appears to date from the same time as the first part of the mine we explored (the deep cut in the first video) or the incline my exploring buddy located near the remains of those stone buildings (also in the first video in this series).
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Growing up in California’s “Gold Rush Country” made it easy to take all of the history around us for granted. However, abandoned mine sites have a lot working against them – nature, vandals, scrappers and various government agencies… The old prospectors and miners that used to roam our lonely mountains and toil away deep underground are disappearing quickly as well.
These losses finally caught our attention and we felt compelled to make an effort to document as many of the ghost towns and abandoned mines that we could before that niche of our history is gone forever. But, you know what? We enjoy doing it! This is exploring history firsthand – bushwhacking down steep canyons and over rough mountains, figuring out the techniques the miners used and the equipment they worked with, seeing the innovations they came up with, discovering lost mines that no one has been in for a century, wandering through ghost towns where the only sound is the wind... These journeys allow a feeling of connection to a time when the world was a very different place. And I’d love to think that in some small way we are paying tribute to those hardy miners that worked these mines before we were even born.
So, yes, in short, we are adit addicts… I hope you’ll join us on these adventures!
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