Mojave Desert

S and S Mine

Wayback 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 come back and pick up where they left off. The mill itself, however, was quite unusual. When is the last time you saw an industrial coffee mixer used as an ore grinder?

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

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