In The Desert
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Delamar Ghost Town
History, Gold Mines
Monkey Wrench Mine
April Fool Mine
Jim Crow Mine
Delamar Zinc Mine
This is one of the most complex ghost towns you'll find anywhere. Although most of the buildings are partially torn down, there are still walls and foundations showing how big this settlement was in its day. You could spend a couple days exploring here. And what a great photographic opportunity.
Dan & Lynn saved the day on this trip in the desert, we somehow lost our GPX track, but they brought a Topo Book and they found the way into the Ghost Town.
Originally found by the Piute Indians, later located by miners from Pioche in the late 1889 where they developed many gold mines supporting the town of Delamar (now a ghost town). The main 50 ton mill started operation in 1895. This area is located about 16 miles south of Route 93. The turn off from Rt. 93 is 16.5 miles west of the town of Caliente, Nevada. Nearby Lookout Mountain is 7,083 ft. in elev. Some of the mines are located in the Helene Wash with the Delamar ghost town and most of the mines being located in the Delamar Wash. The nearby cemetery has a lot of graves due to Delamar's reputation as "the widow maker". Early deaths were caused by "silicosis" among miners, due to the quartz dust breathed during mining and milling of the ore. Production of gold is estimated at over 15 million dollars. That's a lot of gold considering what they got for an ounce back then!
This large Ghost Town site had a hospital, 2 churches, several mills, an opera house, a school, numerous saloons, and many other businesses. Supplies were shipped in from Milford, Utah, 150 miles away, by mule train. The only left today is the stone walls and foundations of these buildings. During the mining period in the late 1800's there were 1,500 to 2,000 people living in Delamar. Too many mines to list here and many are probably not known. But here are some of the most noted mines in the area.
For a better view and more detail select 1080 HD In the little cog wheel, bottom right of the video controls, and then view this video full screen.
Screen capture from our topography map on a 7" tablet. Notice all the mine adits and shafts and all the buildings (little square boxes) shown on the topo. Large settlement.
The map below can be enlarged for more detail. The GPX track shows the route to the Delamar Ruins (Ghost Town) from Caliente, Nevada and US 93 to Las Vegas.