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Mollie Mine (Moly Mine; Molly Mine), Santa Rosa Mountains, San Diego County, California, USAi
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Mollie Mine (Moly Mine; Molly Mine)Mine
Santa Rosa MountainsMountain Range
San Diego CountyCounty

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
33° 18' 58'' North , 116° 10' 32'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
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Nearest Settlements:
Desert Shores1,104 (2011)16.0km
Salton Sea Beach422 (2011)16.5km
Oasis6,890 (2011)18.1km
Borrego Springs3,429 (2014)19.7km
Salton City3,763 (2011)20.5km

A Au prospect located in the SE¼ sec. 7, T10S, R8E, SBM, on the S slopes of the Santa Rosa Mountains, 12.2 miles WNW from Borrego Springs in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park at N33.31619 W116.17568, elevation 1550 feet. Worked 1927 to 1932. It was owned by Mollie and Frank Clark (not related to the cattle men Clark at Clark Dry Lake) who had a home on a ledge W of the Palo Verde Wash. Frank was also prospecting at other locations in the Santa Rosa mountains. It is not known whether he found any gold.

The workings consisted of 2 adits, each about 50 ft long, following 2 promising quartz veins. One was still accessible in 2005.

Nearby should also be the never found “Pegleg Smiths Lost Mine”. One of many tales about gold mines: 1836 a man named Smith, and known as "Pegleg" Smith because he had lost one of his natural legs, crossed the Anza Borrego, when searching for water he found gold in the form of black nuggets, when he became aware of what he had found he came back in the 1840’s. Needless to say that he did not find it, but since then generations of treasure hunters are searching in vain for his lost mine. The only real thing left is “Smith Mountain” (N33.28968 W116.40798, 3 miles NW of Christmas Circle) named in honour of Pegleg Smith.

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Bailey, Ph.A. (1940): Golden Mirages: The Story of the Lost Pegleg Mine, the legendary three gold buttes and yarns of and by those who know the desert.
Brigandi, Ph. (2001): Borrego Beginnings: Early Days in the Borrego Valley, 1910-1960.

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http://www.socalhistoryland.mysite.com/article_3.html (Phil Brigandi about the Anza Borrego Desert)

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