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GeneralRich Mining History from Nevada, Arizona and more 2

4th Oct 2019 22:35 UTCRolf Luetcke Expert

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Jon, 
I am starting the second version of your wonderful Navada Mining history and adding Arizona and more, so gives a bit more leeway for others to add things.  Loved your thread and hope you continue to add to its reincarnation here.

4th Oct 2019 22:37 UTCRolf Luetcke Expert

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At some of the local homesteads I found all sorts of things and this was a lead button.  Had not seen any like it before.

4th Oct 2019 22:39 UTCRolf Luetcke Expert

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This was a small, hand blown bottle I found in the St. David area and it is about 4cm tall.

4th Oct 2019 22:43 UTCRolf Luetcke Expert

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These railroad nails are the Gold Prince Mine and were used on the underground tracks in Dos Cabezas Arizona I was able to collect on a sampling trip to the old mine, which is closed to access but I went with a geologist friend on a sampling trip.

5th Oct 2019 10:08 UTCJon Aurich

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Goldfield Nevada. Miners Union #220. Propaganda Script. Circa 1907.

5th Oct 2019 10:14 UTCJon Aurich

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Goldfield Nevada. Reverse Side..

5th Oct 2019 10:15 UTCJon Aurich

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Goldfield Nevada.

5th Oct 2019 10:23 UTCJon Aurich

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Goldfield Nevada. Fabulous Gold ore that was being produced...

5th Oct 2019 10:24 UTCJon Aurich

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Fabulous High Grade Gold Ore !!

5th Oct 2019 17:37 UTCRolf Luetcke Expert

Jon, 
Cool history and those rich amounts per ton are incredible!!
Those were the "good old days".
I recommend a film about a real situation called Gold with Matthew McConaughey about a gold fraud that actually took place.  I had read the story and when I watched the film, it was very close to what the real story was.

8th Oct 2019 08:14 UTCJon Aurich

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Goldfield Hotel, Goldfield Nevada.

8th Oct 2019 13:01 UTCRolf Luetcke Expert

Jon,
Cool piece of history for sure.  "And Made of Gold!!" ha, ha, would be nice.

10th Oct 2019 04:44 UTCJon Aurich

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Rolf, Here is a little Gold ......

10th Oct 2019 14:19 UTCRolf Luetcke Expert

Jon,
Great piece of gold and so very rich ore.
As I was going to this thread I saw the mica insulator I started with and it brought back a fun little story from Bisbee.   Back in the 1970's I was hiking all over the hills around Bisbee.  On a ridge on the South side of Bisbee, called Escabrosa Ridge for "rough ridge" in Spanish, I came to the hills that overlooked the Lavender pit.  Below the mountain was a bit tower that had once been a hoist tower for access into the underground.  It is called the Sunrise Shaft.   I hiked to it and found the steel structure in quite good condition.   The tower was the largest in Bisbee and at the time it was in use was the only shaft with a hoist that could hold mules to take into and out of the mines.   
The tower was still partly covered on the outside by metal sheeting.  One could go into the tower and climb the steel steps for a great view of the area.   At the bottom was a huge wooden door covering the actual shaft that was closed but one could feel the air coming out of the mine.
At the top was the motor room that had at one time been used to lift the cages.   The motor had been mostly removed but the winding was still there.  The winding was several feet across and made of mica sheets   I knew mica had been used in many insulation applications and I remember seeing old toasters with mica in the center with the wires running on the mica.  It has also been used for old coleman lamp shades.  
I had never seen mica used in such a large application and it was quite interesting to see this hug winding all covered in mica.
I never took a camera to the Sunrise Tower to get a photo of this but it is still etched in my memory.
There were no real dumps since this shaft was used mostly for access to the mines below.
I did take a photo of the tower from a distance recently and post it on mindat.
That memory of the Sunrise hoist tower was one I have not forgotten.

11th Oct 2019 00:42 UTCJon Aurich

That’s a great story Rolf !!!! I would sometimes leave my camera at home on the many trips to the mining camps of Nevada and California.. I missed a lot of great shots !!!

11th Oct 2019 00:44 UTCJon Aurich

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The ring that is pictured above...

11th Oct 2019 00:45 UTCJon Aurich

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Goldfield Nevada.    

11th Oct 2019 00:47 UTCJon Aurich

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This Goldfield High Grade ring I gave to my good friend Mark (Hall) Patton, “the beard of knowledge” of Pawn Stars... He wears the ring all the time...

16th Oct 2019 15:11 UTCJon Aurich

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Goldfield Nevada. The road to the Florence Mine.

16th Oct 2019 15:13 UTCJon Aurich

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Tonopah Nevada.

21st Oct 2019 15:54 UTCJon Aurich

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A great photograph taken by my friend Jeff Sullivan, “ a professional photographer” showing the famous Rustler #2 Mine and the Milky Way !!! He has fabulous Nevada photographs !!!
 
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