Mystery Mill, California
8-Stamp Mill from the turn of the century.
| This place
is truly a mystery. I had read about a mill at this location, BUT it was
supposed to be a "Huntington" centrifugal type of mill.
Information about this site is scarce and contradictory, but here's what
we have learned about this site:
Boulders were found in the canyon here that contained about $500.00 per ton of gold and silver! In 1878 another lode were discovered nearby and in 1880 the XXXXXX Mining district was formed, it was named after the discoverer.
The mine was located at the head of XXXXX Canyon and in 1887 the XXXXX XXXXXX Mining Company was formed. Before the mining company was formed the ore was shipped north to a mill in another canyon. In 1886 this mill was moved to the town site of XXXXXX below this mine. We found no evidence of the mill that was supposed to be in the town site below the mine.
XXXXX XXXXXX Mining Company in 1887 built their own mill here and spent $40,000 on working the mining claim. A open cut of 100 feet lead to the opening of the mine tunnel and by 1899 the tunnel was 1900 feet deep. The ore went to the mine over a 100 foot trestle to the mill. History on the mine says that this was a "Huntington" type mill, but we found no evidence of another type of mill ever having been here.
the mine a town sprang to life, buildings were built and some were
transported in from other mining towns in the area. The town featured a
boarding house, saloon, dairy, and a stable owned by a famous local
pioneer. The town even had a post office that was established in Aug. 1887
and operated till 1888. By the end of the year the town was dead and the
buildings were hauled of to another nearby mining camp and nearby town.
Cat and I stumbled onto an 1906 newspaper article about this mine:
The 8-Stamp mill here was brought to life again by the Tanawa Mining Company to process ore from a mine that was located 1.5 miles west of the town site. They had built a 2200 foot "V" shaped flume in which water was used to transport the ore from the mine to the mill. It was said to be a "practicable innovation for the transportation of ore".
The newspaper article also recounted a near fatal accident that occurred at the 8-Stamp Mill:
"The Head Mill Man on the 13th while attending the batterys, his left foot slipped into the pulley of the power shaft of the rock breakers. The set screw on the collar caught two toes. One was badly mashed and the flesh of the other badly torn. The wounds show signs of quickly healing."
I can just imagine him yelling "OH S#@&!"
Let's explore the Mystery Mill
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