Friday, December 30, 2011

Silver Queen Mine

The Silver Queen Mine near Mojave, California, began in 1933, producing both gold and silver.

Mining first began in that area in 1896, but stopped in 1901. A new discovery in the early 1930's on a neighboring property to that first site renewed interest in the area, and several mines opened (including the Silver Queen).

Details are hard to come by. Apparently, mining at the Silver Queen slowed significantly after World War 2. Sometime in the 1970's the mine closed, although there may have been some activity through the 1980's, but that cannot be confirmed.

The current owners of the property are exploring the idea of reopening the mine. It is believed that gold and silver can still be found in that area. A couple other mines near Mojave have recently reopened.

Right now the Silver Queen mine stands abandoned and in decay. Vandals have done much damage, and Mother Nature has done even more. Like a forgotten statue, the mine reminds us of a different time, but only for those who stumble upon it.

The property is private, and some property lines are not marked clearly. The journey is at your own risk.

These photographs were taken on 12/28/2011 using a Pentax K-x DSLR.
Tank - Mojave, California
Tank #2 - Mojave, California
Keep Out - Mojave, California
Inside Wall - Mojave, California
Beams and Blue - Mojave, California
Remnants - Mojave, California
Wood Window - Mojave, California
Rusted - Mojave, California
Falling Apart - Mojave, California
Heap of Ruins - Mojave, California
Lost Mine - Mojave, California
Lost Ruins - Mojave, California
Forgotten Cross - Mojave, California
Desert Ruins - Mojave, California
Steps - Mojave, California
Roller Skate - Mojave, California
Keep Out of The House - Mojave, California
Keep The Radio - Mojave, California
Broken Television - Mojave, California
Golden Rock Wall - Mojave, California
Silver Queen Mine - Mojave, California

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