Silver Bell and Golden Bell Mines

Silver Bell and Golden Bell Mines
Ore bins at the Silver Bell Mine

These are two relatively easy mines to reach in the heart of Joshua Tree National Park. It is just a few miles west of the popular Cholla Cactus Garden.

History

Silver Bell Mine

Phil Sullivan (who also worked at the Contact Mine) and Albert Vivian staked the Silver Bell claim in July of 1923. Later, in 1930, it was re-staked by Sullivan and H. Y. Boling. In those early years, it was worked for gold with limited success. By 1941, WWII had come and they were pulling lead ore from the mine. Later in the 1950s, the mine produced some copper as well. Only two ore bins remain at this mine.

Golden Bell Mine

The Golden Bell consists of the Blue Bell, Margaret, and Golden Trumpet claims. It was a small mine with a variety of operators. The mine was located on July 1, 1931, by Jim Crowley. Then a man by the name of Hopper worked the mine. He took ore from the mine to the Wall Street Mill to be milled in exchange for helping Bill Keys rebuild the mill. (Hopper was also involved in mining in the Cottonwood Springs area. See the Mastodon Mine.)

The mine was active from 1934 to 1937 and again from 1939 to 1941. During this later period, it was owned by M. A. Rogers. C. A. Benito leased the mine from 1954 to 1957. Production is not known but workings include an inclined shaft and drift with open stopes. Remains of a ruined cabin, dry washer, and a small cyanide tank with mill tailings are on-site.

Looking at the Golden Bell