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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.

Plat for the Mountain Lily Mine

November 30, 2011 in Mountain Lily Mine, Uncategorized

This is the plat for the Mountain Lily Mine (aka Ware Emeralite Mine), Pala International’s newest mining venture.

Mountain Lily Plat photo image

Certified copy of the plat of J. W. Ware’s Emeralite Mine, which was surveyed in 1931. (Click to enlarge)

Plat for the Esmeralda Mine

November 30, 2011 in Esmeralda Mine, Uncategorized

This is the plat for the Esmeralda Mine.

Esmeralda Mine Plat photo image

Certified copy of the plat of the Esmeralda Mine, which was surveyed in 1906. (Click to enlarge)