In The Desert
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Mormons first arrived in Beaver County in 1856. They say that the Lincoln Mine was found in 1858, but the Old Rollins Mine (according to the topo) was founded in 1857, so who knows which one was first. The Lincoln mine was founded when there was a big need to have lead - for making bullets. It was originally named the Spanish Mine. The mine was later named the Rollins Mine (there is still a mine by that name next to the Lincoln Mine). Anyway, these mines were the first mines in Utah, if you don't count the old Spanish mines. This is also how the town of Minersville got its name. Miners lived there, get it. There are still some businesses here using the Rollins name. In 1870 the mine was renamed again, this time to the Lincoln Mine and began producing silver as well as lead. Large quantities of silver (and small quantities of gold and copper) were produced until 1935.
Beaver County, Southwestern Utah
The trip into the mining areas is an easy trip, not requiring a 4 wheel drive. Other roads in the area may require a 4x4. Use caution if you enter any of these mines, they didn't look too safe. Also, watch your children and dogs as there are a lot of open shafts in this area. Below is a quick slideshow/video of this short trip. The topo track included only shows the main location of the mines and the main road into the area. This was a side trip for us, we went on to the San Francisco Mountains and the Ghost Town of Frisco and explored back in the mountains on some ATV trails. See more HERE
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This was only a short trip for us, but if you're in the area this is a great trip to the oldest mining area in Utah. There is a lot more to see, more mines and trails. Just be careful around the mines. There should be a lot of wildlife in the area with large volume of water flowing from the springs.