Finding Lost - Abandoned Gold Mines
Lost mines are even more hard to pin down and can be even more interesting then finding ghost towns. A great number of the anecdotes are myths and exaggerated stories, we know this, but what we do know is that there are many mines that were once profitable and were abandoned by their owners that most likely disappeared due to unexplained circumstances. In some cases though some of these circumstances were very evident and clear.
There is a famous lost mine called the lost Lee Mine that was once a wonderful ledge of gold bearing quartz in the Bullion Mountains near Barstow, and this mine was registered by the finder in 1890. According to the record, this person was then shot through the heart in San Bernardino. The person who killed this man was never found and the mine was not found either, however, the ex governor Waterman, who was a miner, said there would be a huge reward for the person that gave information on where it could be found.
Around the same area, there was an old prospector whose name was Hermit John who entered Amboy, California, with a sack of ore; this sack of ore was very different from the ore that was being produced by the Virginia Dale Mine that was nearby and it was also very rich. Over a bottle of whiskey, Hermit John did not tell any one the ore had come from the Sheephole Mountains that was northeast of Dale Dry Lake and southwest of Cadiz Dry Lake. It is said that Hermit John finished his bottle of whiskey, went back into the desert and was not heard of again.
There are certain lost mines, such as the Lost Dutchman Mine and Whiteman cement mine that have had movies written after them as well as sites. In the Mother Lode one of the most known of and famous lost mines is that of the Whiteman “cement” mine and Mark Twain gives quite a good idea of how mines get lost in Roughing It.