Scheelite Chief Mine

I’ve wanted to check this mine in the Great Basin region of Nevada since I first read about it many years ago. We first visited it in 2010, and it turned out to be an excellent find.

Ore chutes

There is an empty mining camp with a minor amount of equipment, the most interesting of which is an old drill rig. If you look closely, you can see it is labeled "Keystone Driller." These rigs date from the 1880s.

The mine is interesting as well, with a few thousand feet of drifts and stopes. Silver was first discovered here on March 13, 1869, when a Native American led a group of miners to a vein outcrop on the hill above the mine. Little was produced, however, and the mine was abandoned by 1874.

Later, during World War I, tungsten was mined here. After the war, the mine fell silent until 1938, when the drums of war began to beat once again. The mine was worked for tungsten throughout World War II and again in the 1950s.

As of April 2016, the mine is gated. Enjoy my photos.

Portable Drilling Rig