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Nevada ghost towns

turborich

Obsessed Member
#1
Hey guys, I have been to a few of them and they have been awesome! I ran across this on a website and I would really like to visit this particular place but I can't find anything for a location when I googled it. Do any of you guys know where this is at? "the mine that time forgot" Here is a link with photos.

http://www.ghosttownexplorers.org/nevada/minetimeforgot/timeforgotmine.htm#bmark

Since this has been made into a sticky, here is an excellent resource for Nevada ghost towns, mines and trails. Excellent photos and some slide shows.

http://silverstateghosttowns.com/ghosttowns.html
 

NYECOGunsmith

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Staff member
Moderator
#2
Unless I miss my guess, that's Bristol Wells Town Site, and the tramway went about 2 miles to the Jack Rabbit Mine and the town of Jack Rabbit.

The nearest town today would be Pioche, up in Lincoln County.

Just checked my GPS, yup, still got the coordinates for it, it's at:

N 38° 06' 22", and W 114° 41' 42" , it's privately owned, you need permission to wander around as I recall.

Poke around on the web and search for Bristol Wells Town Site, and Jack Rabbit, should turn up something for ya, directions, etc.
 

turborich

Obsessed Member
#4
Thank you very much! I'm going up to check out the Belmont Mill later this month and if this one isn't to far away then maybe I'll check it out if they say OK. I'm going to check out your link now.
 

turborich

Obsessed Member
#5
I looked at the link and googled it. I don't think this is the place. Not much left compared to the link I posted.

I do appreciate you time! Thank you.
 

NYECOGunsmith

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#6
The link shows Jack Rabbit, which is close to Bristol Wells, but I think the pictures you posted are of Bristol Wells.

Bristol Wells was founded by Mormons in 1870, and the mining district there incorporated in 1878, the same year a smelter was built there.

And, in 1913, a 9,000 foot long aerial tramway to haul the ore from Bristol Wells to Jack Rabbit was built.

To the best of my knowledge, that's the only mining aerial tramway of that length in NV, and the only one built in 1913.

And Bristol Wells is currently privately owned. Fits the description given in the link and pictures you posted, although I haven't been there in a decade or so, the pictures look familiar.

Somewhere I have an album of pictures I've taken of all the ghost towns I've visited in NV (I grew up here, at the north end of the state, and ghost towns are a hobby of sorts), if I can locate it I will see if the pictures in your link match Bristol Wells or not.

It's not Belmont or Manhattan, the trams that were there are gone and the towns are still inhabited, but the terrain and some of the buildings are similar.

So are the buildings and terrain in Ione, but it never had a tram either as far as I can tell, was just there recently and didn't see any signs of it.

Will keep looking and see if I can prove it is Bristol Wells, or if not, where it is, would be fun to visit again if it is BW, and if it's not, I haven't been there, so a visit for the first time would be in order.
 
H

HendersonG21

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#7
Techatticup mine is one of the closer ones to Henderson & Boulder City.

Took these pictures there several years ago on a rare rainy day.







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GoDavyGo

Obsessed Member
#8
I just visited Pine Grove Nv, in the world of ghost towns this one is a puppy.

The ghost town of Pine Grove Nv was a mining town founded in 1866, the mine dried up in 1930 and has been abandoned ever since. It's estimated 1000 people lived their lives here. Great little adventure!

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turborich

Obsessed Member
#9
We just returned home from visiting Belmont, NV which is a great little town. We are going to the Belmont mill which is up near Ely in a couple of weeks. I'll post a few pics of Belmont later today.
 

NYECOGunsmith

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#10
I just visited Pine Grove Nv, in the world of ghost towns this one is a puppy.

The ghost town of Pine Grove Nv was a mining town founded in 1866, the mine dried up in 1930 and has been abandoned ever since. It's estimated 1000 people lived their lives here. Great little adventure!

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That logo for the Joshua Hendy Iron Works, SF. CA on the old stamp mill and crusher brought back memories.

While stationed in CA, my office was in the old buildings in Sunnyvale, CA that were originally the Joshua Hendy Iron works there. State historical marker out from, Federal Agents inside, public never noticed I guess.

I haven't been to Pine Grove for a couple of years, doesn't look like too much has changed.

Was in Belmont, and Manhattan, also Gabbs, Ione, Sheep Canyon, Round Mountain, Hadley, Carvers, Tonopah, Austin, Currant Creek, Timber, Pilot, goldfield, Rhyolite, and Montezuma all last month working on Nye County S.O.'s repeater sites, some great scenery in those areas, and some really fun trails too.

Lots of interesting things to see and do at this end of the state.

Someday we ought to plan a NVS ghost town outing, could be fun.

Especially if we let Lonerider or Tophog lead the way, I hear they both have the unique ability to get completely lost in their own living rooms, so we might end up seeing country no man has set foot in for centuries! Maybe find the lost Adams or Lost Dutchman mines, or Conquistador gold stash!
 

Tophog

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#11
Especially if we let Lonerider or Tophog lead the way, I hear they both have the unique ability to get completely lost in their own living rooms, so we might end up seeing country no man has set foot in for centuries! Maybe find the lost Adams or Lost Dutchman mines, or Conquistador gold stash!
I lived in Ridgecrest for almost 10 years, and never found the Lost Gunsite (yep, spelled that way) Mine, nor the location of the Goler Wash silver hoard.

Ballarat Bob

Ballarat Bob said he knew the locations. But if he did, he passed away before telling anyone where they were. We used to drop in on him to hear his tales about mining the Panamints back in the '30s and '40s!

I think the only one old enough to share Bob's info on the lost treasures now is NyeCo, and he ain't talkin'! :001_rolleyes:
 
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NYECOGunsmith

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#12
I lived in Ridgecrest for almost 10 years, and never found the Lost Gunsite (yep, spelled that way) Mine, nor the location of the Goler Wash silver hoard.

Ballarat Bob

Ballarat Bob said he knew the locations. But if he did, he passed away before telling anyone where they were. We used to drop in on him to hear his tales about mining the Panamints back in the '30s and '40s!

I think the only one old enough to share Bob's info on the lost treasures now is NyeCo, and he ain't talkin'! :001_rolleyes:
I'm still lookin for the entrance to that cave that leads to the underground river that flows into the gulf of Mexico, the one with all the gold nuggets in it.

Misplaced the map I drew after finding it the first time back in 1868 when I was usin the name "Peg Leg Smith" in these parts.

I spent the silver hoard, Bob, most of it went to booze and fast women. The other 1% I wasted.
 

NYECOGunsmith

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#15
Are you sure that isn't just a pic of you when you were younger?
You nailed it, that was the year my beard finally started growing, was somewhere around 4,732 BC as I recall, just after Top and I finished the first pyramid at Geezer (Old Geezer, not New Geezer)!
 

Mr. Boom

Wait....what?
#18
There are far more Ghost towns in Mineral County than that map shows! Silver Dyke. Candelaria. Pamlico. Oro city. Lucky Boy. Poinsettia. Dead Horse wells. Seargent. Shelite. Moho. Plus more i can't even remember without pulling out my old book.
 

Ed1963

Pro Constitution
#19
I'm still lookin for the entrance to that cave that leads to the underground river that flows into the gulf of Mexico, the one with all the gold nuggets in it.

Misplaced the map I drew after finding it the first time back in 1868 when I was usin the name "Peg Leg Smith" in these parts.

I spent the silver hoard, Bob, most of it went to booze and fast women. The other 1% I wasted.
are you talking about the mtn out side of nipton cali kokoweef caverns a friend of mines parents used to bring supplies to an old miner at kokoweef in the late 40's early 50's. and it's said after one of their visits he sealed the entrance . because she {her mom} picked up a almost solid gold rock from a pail he noticed she seen it. and he sealed the only entrance into the center of MTN to the cave of gold that the Armargosa river flows through. yes this river dumps into the gulf. my friends dad was asked to remove some stalactites hence why they were inside the caverns. I have a very nice specimen in my yard

legend has it gold nuggets fist sized on a black sand beach back in the 80's a lot of people spent fortunes trying to find the sealed entrance
 

NYECOGunsmith

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#20
are you talking about the mtn out side of nipton cali kokoweef caverns a friend of mines parents used to bring supplies to an old miner at kokoweef in the late 40's early 50's. and it's said after one of their visits he sealed the entrance . because she {her mom} picked up a almost solid gold rock from a pail he noticed she seen it. and he sealed the only entrance into the center of MTN to the cave of gold that the Armargosa river flows through. yes this river dumps into the gulf. my friends dad was asked to remove some stalactites hence why they were inside the caverns. I have a very nice specimen in my yard

legend has it gold nuggets fist sized on a black sand beach back in the 80's a lot of people spent fortunes trying to find the sealed entrance
Yup, that's the one I was referencing. Supposedly there are several entrances to the cave , spread out over a space of about 20 miles. Sure would be nice to find one, and some of those large nuggets too!