Back in 2004, Morgan, Ric and I were out exploring in the Stanislaus National Forest on the hunt for some interesting mines. These two old steam hoists we found in separate mines were great and rarely seen still out in the wild.
In the late 1930s and early 1940s, surging worldwide demand for tungsten led to the opening of several tungsten mines in the High Sierra above Bishop. Two small but relatively high-grade ore bodies were discovered on the west side of Mt. Tom, which would become the Hanging Valley Mine and
At 12,990 ft (3960 m), the Adamson is the highest mine in the Sierra Nevada. And as you might suspect, getting there is no easy feat. It is a strenuous climb up the rugged Wheeler Ridge to reach it. This is the top of the Sierras. Altitude sickness is
Bennettville was a small mine camp that had that typical ghost town story of boom and bust of a big strike that never panned out. Part of the Tioga Mining District, Bennettville was built to support one mine, the Great Sierra and its famed Sheepherder lode. They believed a rich