This mine followed a vein of quartz about six feet wide and about 100 feet long, extracting most of this vein to leave behind a tall, narrow slot braced by timber. Some of the logs are native piñon timber, others are newer lumber, clean cut. The vein itself is a mineralogical treasure trove, graced with paint-strokes of chrysocolla, malachite, limonite, quartz, jasper, and hematite, and many more I can't identify! These minerals were all deposited by rising superheated water that rose along a fault or crack in the rock and left behind these streaks and pockets of brilliant color.
Nailed to the timbers at the portal of the mine, just in front of the central shaft, are claim notices recording work done for years dating back to 1969, all with various entertaining misspellings of assessment!
|Small processing operation along the road|
|Fridge and stovetop in the junk pile|
|This small tunnel served as a prospect and storage area. Its walls contain the same|
streaks of color as the main mine.
|Inside the prospect.|
|Inside the main mine, this is one of the first large pallets of color.|
|Profile of the carved-out-slot.|
|Incredible colors here. Each hole is filled with tiny crystals that|
sparkle from every angle.
|Assement, Asesment, and Assessment.|
|Outcrop on the surface.|
|The topside of this vein has been carved away as well.|