CA, Mojave Desert

Halloran Arrastra

In the summer of 2014, I was out in the Eastern Mojave exploring around (which is pretty normal for me). This time, however, I was looking for an old mining site with an arrastra. There aren’t too many arrastras left out in the wild, so finding one is always a treat and I’ve made it a little side project to visit each one out in the Eastern Mojave that I could.

A brief adventure over rocky 4wd roads led me to the start of an easy hike down an unnamed sandy wash. It wasn’t long before I saw the ruins of a stone cabin ahead of me. Hardly anything remains of this little prospector’s cabin other than the hand-stacked stone walls. Across the wash was an arrastra.

So little remains of the arrastra that you could walk by and not even notice it.  I’m guessing a gasoline engine once powered it. Surrounding the prospector’s camp are a few low walls. I couldn’t figure out what their purpose was other than possible decoration.

What long forgotten miner who once made his home here seems lost to time. Unfortunately, I haven’t turned up any history on this mining operation. A small prospect is nearby. I’m guessing by the few scattered artifacts that remain that the operation dates to the 1930s Depression era but it is possible it is older.

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