In The Desert
Engles Mine & England Mine in the Palomas Mountains
The Fort Horn Monument, west of Hyder. General Patton trained troops here for World War II. From here you have to meander through several miles of farm fields to get to the Palomas Mts. Not very many people go into this area as it's quite a ways off the beaten path. Palomas Mts. can be seen in the backgound.
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As shown on the topo track there's 2 different ways into the mountains. The road to the West is the easiest route, although the one to the East is not really bad, but hasn't been used in quite some time. Most of the roads look like this one to the left. On the mountain to the right is one of the mud blow-outs in this area which is very strange looking.
We were in this area for the first time in the beginning of June 2010. The saguaro cacti were blooming! We also spotted a couple of Jack rabbits and 3 deer in a canyon on the way in.
Our first look at the Engles Mine. This is where the 2 different routes come back to one road. Right at the junction you'll see the Engles mine up against the mountain to the North. There is just one tunnel and one shaft. See more below.
This is an inter-active Wikimapia Satellite Map. You can zoom in / out and drag the map to scroll. -- Palomas Mountains, and mines.
For a completely different "view" and more info on this area you should read the article in the Gold Section,
All the mines in this area were silver mines -- or prospects! None of them show extensive workings and therefore should be considered unsuccessful. Still interesting, and we came here for the scenery and for an entirely different reason. See the link at the bottom of this page for more info.
The tunnel above only runs 25 ft. into the mountain. Bill here on the left is at the stope in the back of the mine tunnel. Not really much of anything worth seeing in here, but we couldn't resist. No signs of animals in the tunnel either.
Come on in Rich! It's always neat to look out of the mine from the inside. There was some mineralization in the walls of the tunnel and I'm sure that's what pushed the miners to keep going as far as they did.
The shaft outside the tunnel was only about 50 ft. deep, but as you can see there was quite a bit of variation in mineralization in the shaft. We also found some copper ore samples in the tailings pile along with some volcanic quartz veins. Nice place for a lunch stop!
The tailings pile shown here is the England mine. This mine wasn't worked too much either. The shaft at the top of the hill was only about 80 ft. deep and we found more copper ore samples here. A few samples of very poor grade silver can still be found here also.
Looking back to the England mine from the north you'll see several more tunnels. We didn't think they'd be worth investigating so we continued on. We had seen some signs of heavy and large metal pieces in a valley near the moutains so we drove in to have a look.
We walked up to this area to find a Game & Fish wildlife watering hole and tank for the game. There was a lot of deer scat right next to the tank. At this point we had to leave the area -- one of the guys with us had trouble with a his electric fuel pump so we decided the best thing to do was to head out to the main road.
On the way out you can see the mountains way off in the distance that are at least 12 miles south of the Interstate 8 -- south of Dateland. Nice trip with a lot left unexplored. We were going to go all the way through the mountains and circle around to the East along the North side of the Palomas Mts. This area would definitely be worth spending more time exploring. You probably won't see anyone in there!
So be careful and have fun -------
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