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CHEMUNG MINE CALIFORNIA
Nestled High above, she was the last operating mine in the Masonic District

Unoccupied Historic Mine & Mill
Mono County
Circa 1909 to 1960's

The Chemung Mine was part of the Masonic Mining District which was founded in 1860, followed by the town of Masonic in 1902. The Chemung Mine was founded sometime later in about 1909 and subsequently led to the construction of an entire self sufficient on site mining operation consisting of Mill, Mine offices, Employee Bunk House and General Store. Located about 2.5 miles from the town of Masonic, the Chemung Mine was professionally operated off and on in to 1938 and was the last operating mine in the Masonic District. The Chemung operated long after the abandonment of Masonic and other district mines which had either played out or suffered great decline in the 1920's.

During the 1950's and 1960's a lone prospector by the name of Elton "Heinie" Heinemeyer worked the Chemung tunnel and supported himself with his findings but never hit the big strike. This is an awesome place to explore and take in the views of Bridgeport below. A couple of other ghost Towner's claim this site has paranormal activity, but I have never witnessed anything out of the ordinary during my several trips here.


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View of Chemung from the main trail 

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Fallen storage house overlooking the Sweetwater Mountains to the North

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One of two mines at the Chemung Site

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Second of two mines at the Chemung Site

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Remains of the Stamp Mill at the Chemung Site

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