NV, Western Nevada and Black Rock Desert

Cambridge Huntington Mill

These mines of this district were first worked in the 1860s when the discovery of the Comstock brought miners to the area and they started to explore the surrounding hills for more rich bodies of ore.

The real interesting thing about this mine is the Huntington mill that is still here. The mill uses iron rollers to crush the ore in a similar method as an arrastra, except with the Huntington mill the rollers crush the ore on the side of the pan instead of the bottom. The date on the mill is 1886, so it had to be installed after that. The gasoline engine used to drive the mill suggests a working date after the 1900s as well. The tailings from the mill suggest that it was never a big producer and possibly it was worked intermittently over a long period of time.

Not too many Huntington mills left in the backcountry, so it is a rare treat.


The rest of this post is for subscribers only

Subscribe now
Author image

About Guy Starbuck

Guy has hiked the deserts and mountains of the southwestern U.S. for more than twenty-five years. In that time, he has found hidden and remote locations that don't see many visitors.
  • Nevada
You've successfully subscribed to Starbuck's Exploring
Great! Next, complete checkout for full access to Starbuck's Exploring
Welcome back! You've successfully signed in.
Unable to sign you in. Please try again.
Success! Your account is fully activated, you now have access to all content.
Error! Stripe checkout failed.
Success! Your billing info is updated.
Error! Billing info update failed.