RED WASH CREEK MINES NEVADA
Some Sort of Undocumented diggings
Unoccupied Mine Site
Along a rocky trail besides the Red Wash Creek in Nevada lay two locations. Attempts that were once the dreams of another. Today they remain lonely and quiet, only remnants of their existence are evident. We rode up upon these locations in the middle of the afternoon. Spread only about a mile or so apart. Once we killed our motors, the quiet seemed to astound us. How could anyone operate, much more survive so far from anything even resembling a main trail. A breeze blew through the trees surrounding us, otherwise dead silence. I wondered how often a vehicle or even a person would pass through here. How long has it been since these places saw any traffic whatsoever?
I have no history to share with you about these two locations. There’s really nothing out there to research. I can only say that they both existed some time in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s based on artifacts that we found in the area. The first was a crude diggings with little more than native timber as a head frame in to a very deep vertical shaft. I tossed a rock down inside and could hear it clattering down along the narrow earth walls below. There was an aluminum pipe that traversed along side the opening, perhaps to assist with venting. Otherwise only a nearby can dump remained. The second location appeared to have been the result of a more organized attempt at riches. Just below our trail lay a decent sized pile of tailings, and ore cart tracks. There was one small foundation that probably supported some sort of living quarters for those who staked their claim here. One could only wonder what it was like to live here, far from any sign of civilization and so isolated from anything resembling an access point.
Mine Head Frame at Crude Diggings
The Vertical Shaft was very deep
Ore Cart Tracks and Tailings at second mine site