EPA advises the public to avoid the train tracks and nearby areas including the stamp mill
bases until the cleanup is completed.
The ore was treated at a place called La Union, on the Rio del Quebrada Honde, by an arrastra and a stamp mill
of primitive pattern, the ruins of which may yet be seen.
The Inca Mining Company facility, below, was a self-contained universe, with dormitories, stamp mill
, machine shops, mess hall, dispensary, and offices.
It's got stories of a camping trip to find the lost town of Candelaria (turned out people were still living there), mapping out endless dirt roads with friends and beer and fireworks, sleeping in a hammock in an abandoned stamp mill
, and a re-print of some of Nell Murbarger's flowery accounts of ghost town exploration in the 1930s to '60s You also get directions on how to build a UFO out of straws, candies and a laundry bag.
An easy 1 1/2-mile walk visits the remnants of this old mine, including a well-preserved stamp mill
Eventually, the Keys' homestead included a ranch house, store, two school houses, a home for a teacher, outhouses, sheds, a stamp mill
, a corral, supply yard, orchard, cement dam and lake, windmill, irrigation systems, rock retaining walls, and a cemetery.
Across the way, you can view the mine shaft, which descends 4,650 feet and boasts one tunnel that ends more than two miles from the top; and there are the blacksmith, machine and welding shops, as well as stamp mill
foundations and other partial structures, to see.
Visitors can also tour underground tunnels, pan for gold and watch an ore-crushing stamp mill
in action at Reed Gold Mine, where Conrad Reed made the first American gold discovery in 1799.
Weighing in at 1,100 lb, it promised to have the grindability of a stamp mill
, but with a much higher capacity.
After a run of two weeks to a month, depending on the richness of the ore, the flow of ore to the stamp mill
was halted and the mill stopped for cleanup.
One tour winds its way to a stamp mill
(the Standard Consolidated Mill); the other, called the Historic Mining District Tour, ends up on a ridge near a mine shaft (now closed for safety reasons).
An amalgamation 4-head stamp mill
was built on Victoria Gulch and a gravity tramway connected this to the mine.