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Mountain Lily Mine: The Slow Movement

October 2, 2014 in Mountain Lily Mine, Uncategorized

It’s been 16 months since we reported on the Mountain Lily (Ware) Mine at the northern edge of San Diego County. Development is slow when mountain-moving is involved.

For instance, in July, it took days for John McLean, Ben Castillo, and Casey Jones to drive the Deere (pictured below) to the bottom of the hill. Then, up the hill with lead- and trail-cars. Then the Deere literally made its own road.

Deere photo image

Deere after days' drive up the mountain to the Mountain Lily Mine. (Photo: Casey Jones)

Road Making photo image

The Deere had to make its own road. Late July 2014. (Photo: Casey Jones)

The Deere’s next task was to do a little pegmatite exposing…

Deere Begins Pegmatite Exposure photo image

The Deere clears out brush in preparation for the pegmatite exposure. (Photo: Casey Jones)

Deere Exposing Pematites photo image

The Deere does some preliminary exposing of the pegmatites in early August. (Photo: Casey Jones)

Pegmatite Being Exposed photo image

View of the Deere's work. (Photo: Casey Jones)

Let’s not forget where we are. We have a great view of a grand valley and Lake Henshaw…

Valley photo image

View of the valley from the Mountain Lily Mine. (Photo: Casey Jones)

Panorama View From Mountain Lily Mine photo image

A panorama view from the Mountain Lily Mine. Early August 2014. (Photo: Casey Jones)

Back to work. The Deere eventually uncovered the old workings and adit.

Deere At Old Workings and Adit photo image

The Deere approaches the old workings and adit. Early August 2014. (Photo: Casey Jones)

Getting Closer to Old Workings and Adit photo image

Getting there… (Photo: Casey Jones)

Adit Exposed photo image

At last the adit is exposed. Early August 2014. (Photo: Casey Jones)

Nearly two months later, in late September, more pegmatite exposure. The site is prepared and made safe for future mining.

Deere and Wall photo image

The Deere scrapes the pegmatite wall. Late September 2014. (Photo: Casey Jones)

Pegmatite Exposure photo image

Close view of the pegmatite exposure… (Photo: Casey Jones)

Pegmatite Exposure photo image

…pulling back… (Photo: Casey Jones)

Preparing Site photo image

…and back. (Photo: Casey Jones)

Above the clouds…

Morning Clouds photo image

Morning clouds, mid-September 2014. (Photo: Casey Jones)

John Sinkankas at the Esmeralda Mine, Apr 1962

February 1, 2012 in Esmeralda Mine, Uncategorized

A scrapbook page from John Sinkankas.

Esmeralda Mine Scrapbook Apr 1962

Esmeralda Mine scrapbook page from John Sinkankas, Apr 1962. Collection of Bill Larson. Click to enlarge.

John Sinkankas at the Benitoite Mine, Fall 1962

February 1, 2012 in Benitoite Mine, Uncategorized

Benitoite is the California state gemstone, named after the famous locality in San Benito County. In the fall of 1962, John Sinkankas visited the Benitoite Mine. Below are his scrapbook pages and photos related to the mine.

Benitoite Mine Scrapbook Fall 1962

Benitoite Mine scrapbook page from John Sinkankas, Fall 1962. Collection of Bill Larson. Click to enlarge.

Benitoite Mine Scrapbook Fall 1962

Benitoite Mine scrapbook page from John Sinkankas, Fall 1962. Collection of Bill Larson. Click to enlarge.

Mr. Dallas & Cabin Near Benitoite Mine ca. 193x

Mr. Dallas (at left) and his cabin in the creek bed just below the Benitoite Mine. The mine is behind the photograph, uphill. Photo by Ralph W. Dietz, ca. 193x, from John Sinkankas, Collection of Bill Larson. Click to enlarge.

Digging at the Benitoite Mine

Digging at the Benitoite Mine, Fall 1962. Photo from John Sinkankas, Collection of Bill Larson. Click to enlarge.

H. C. Gordon at the Esmeralda Mine, ca. 1905

November 30, 2011 in Esmeralda Mine, Uncategorized

Two photographs taken by H. C. Gordon.

Esmeralda Mine photo image

Esmeralda Mine, viewed from the southern end of the ledge, looking northwest. Photo by H. C. Gordon. Click to enlarge.

 

Gordon at the Esmeralda Mine

Esmeralda Mine, Mesa Grande - Tunnel looking east. Photo by H. C. Gordon. Click to enlarge.

The photo directly above was taken from G. F. Kunz’s “Gems, Jewelers’ Materials and Ornamental Stones of California,” issued by the California State Mining Bureau, Lewis E. Aubury, State Mineralogist, San Francisco, June 30, 1905.