El Paso Mountains Mining History
April 2000 by Frank Lorey IIIThe El Paso Mountains of California are located in the extreme northwestern portion of the Mojave Desert, between Highways 14 and 395, about twenty miles southwest of China Lake. The area is rich in mining history, not far from the great Randsburg district gold mines that are still producing today.
A Spokane mining company says it plans to develop a silver and copper mine in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness Area on the Idaho-Montana border.
Don’t bother eyeballing that rock for silver! Even if it’s high grade you’ll not see the familiar dime or quarter coin color. Native silver is almost as rare as brass ore. Well, if it’s so hard to find, is silver worth looking for? You bet! Just check the latest prices—and they may go higher.
…the “One More Time” has turned into three more trips and each of the three has yielded more gold each time down.
The fight over an agreement a northern Wisconsin town passed almost four years ago that endorsed a proposed underground zinc and copper mine near Crandon goes before a Dane County judge next month.
In 1967, a local resident showed me a pouch of small gold nuggets and flakes. Several years later I asked the same person where that gold was found. He responded, “From the streambed below the old stamp mill at Apex.”
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