In The Desert
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Deer Lodge Canyon
Ghost Town, Nevada
In the Desert in the far eastern edge of Nevada you'll find quite a few mines and old Ghost Towns. Remote places that do get visitors, just not very many. If you happen to be visiting Pioche, Panaca, or Cathedral Gorge State Park then this would be a great way to spend the day. From Cedar City it's about 75 miles to Deer Lodge Canyon. From St. George it would only take a little longer. Below is a photo of the Southern entrance to the canyon.
First thing you'll see after a neat trip up the canyon is some old buildings up on a hill in the middle of the ghost town. There is one spot on the way in that requires a 4 wheel drive and finesse to keep moving. There is a bypass around that bad spot. We didn't know about it till on the way out.
Once you get up on the hill you'll start to notice the old Ghost Town buildings, like these, tucked away into almost every corner of the valley and on the hills. Some are even hidden by undergrowth and trees.
Another look at some of the old buildings down in bottom of the small valley. The present owner believes that one of the buildings that burnt down may have been a school house.
Some of the old fences still exist but are slowly deteriorating . At one time this must have been a very large community. The mines here were very rich, but the ore deposits were only found in small pockets. You'll notice that there are very few large tailings piles here.
The present owners told us this old roof was once a storage building and may have been used as a store to sell chocolate? A transient repaired the roof on this building and supposedly was the same person that built the gate below.
A very ornate gated entrance to the cabins. (see the expanation above). And please remember that is private property, treat it as such. There was a "no trespassing" sign on the fence here.
You'll even see an old vehicle that was left behind. And of course someone had to shoot it full of holes. Amazing. These photos were all taken with a big telephoto lens off the main road.
Although this looked like a garage to us, we were told by the current owner that this was in fact a smoke house.
The Hackett Cemetery is very small and is kept in good shape. The Hackett's sons died at a young age during the war. Everest lived to be 89 and Sarah, his wife, lived to be 88. They sold the ranch here in the late 1950's after 3 generations of them owning this property.
Even on top of some of the high hills nearby there must have been a lot of activity. Here is the remains of an old cabin near a mine. These were all gold mines.
This is the Irish Mine. We were wondering if this tree grew up next to the opening of the shaft or was it there when they dug the shaft? Linda assured me that the shaft was very deep.
Here's another view of the shaft. You can see how big this tree is. The whole area to Linda's left side is part of the top of the tailings pile.
While we were on top of the hill this storm suddenly appeared to the North. We're looking in the direction of the Ghost Town of Deer Lodge. It is in the valley below.
This is a tunnel we noticed on the way out of the Canyon. All these shafts and tunnels are shown on the topo maps.
This was a pretty large building in it's day and there is a mine right next to it. Please enlarge it for more detail.
On the way out we headed West and part of the way to the main highway (Rt. 93) we went through Echo Canyon State Park. Very pretty place. A park we've always wanted to see for ourselves.
Linda left this where she found it. Now I wish we'd at least broken it up as it is quartz with part of the native rock seam still in tack.
At the Western end of the park there is a bridge that use to span the reservoir. The water level is so low that there is hardly any water there now. This is an all too common occurrence in the reservoirs of the West.
Once out on the main highway (Rt. 93) you'll be at the town of Pioche, said to be one of the wildest towns back in the gold rush days. Part of the old ore car tram is still here and is quite a sight. The mines here were all silver and nickel ore. The tram ended at the Godbe Mill.
Continuing South on Rt. 93 (Great Basin Highway) from Pioche you'll go right past Cathedral State Park. You won't want to miss this if you've never seen the formations there. HERE is a page that'll give you an idea of what to expect.
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This page as updated -- 1 / 16 / 2015