It’s official. Our limited liability company, RPL Mining Limited, is now open for business.
November 11, 2011 in Esmeralda Mine
We’ve all seen it: a crisp $1 bill framed on a shopkeeper’s wall—the first dollar to come through the door.
We recently framed the first tourmaline specimen found at the Esmeralda Mine, following the purchase of the property by Pala International.
For another image of the specimen, see On the Road to the Esmeralda Mine.
August 24, 2011 in Esmeralda Mine
In late August, the staff of Pala International visited the newly acquired Esmeralda Mine in the Mesa Grande District of San Diego County. John McLean, Jason Stephenson, and Bill and Will Larson (who all contributed to this report) drove to the U.S. Forestry Service gate about a mile and a half from the mine, only to find they’d been given the wrong key. In 95-degree heat in the middle of the day, they trudged uphill, arriving at the mine an hour later. After recovering from the heat, they started to inspect the pegmatite and surrounding area, seeking shade at every opportunity.
The pictures below tell the story, but for a written description, be sure to see the Sinkankas Notebook from 1956. And check back for more information as progress begins on opening the mine.
August 23, 2011 in Esmeralda Mine
In 95-degree heat in August, the Pala staff experienced more than they might have cared to of the terrain leading to the Esmeralda Mine in the Mesa Grande district. Forty-five years ago, John Sinkankas traveled the same terrain—but got the right keys to the forestry service gate!
Following two visits in March and September of 1956, Sinkankas wrote up informal reports, complete with hand-sketched maps. See them in Sinkankas Notebook, the first of a series of stand-alone articles you can access from the horizontal menu at the top of each page on the blog.