Way back in 2009, we went hiking out into the middle of the white-hot heart of the Mojave Desert in search of a modern mining site. We found it. The operation had been inactive since at least the early 1980s, and the mining camp was nearly intact. Almost everything was still lying around the camp, just waiting for the owners to return and pick up where they left off. The mill itself, however, was quite unusual. When was the last time you saw an industrial coffee mixer used as an ore grinder?

S and S Mine Camp

I heard that the millsite had been reclaimed. We took a side trip out there in 2020 and confirmed this is true – everything is gone. The mine is sealed, too. Please enjoy my photos of what once was.

S and S Mine Cleaned up