View Full Version : So Long Journigan

02-07-2007, 05:03 PM
The good news is, we found Journigan Mine, the bad news, there's nothing left except piles of tailings. The topo map showed two adits and a vertical shaft. All gone, caved in and covered over. The tailings and dump look interesting so we'll go back and pick through those.
Kudos to Quentin Johnson a super Ranger with the Tonto National Forest who took time from his busy day to head out this morning armed with maps and GPS to help us locate the mine. In a couple of weeks, he'll go with us again to find Saguaro Mine, another one that's difficult to locate because there are no longer any trails or roads leading to it. We're fortunate to have such good Rangers in our neck of the woods, they're a great group of caring people.
It was disappointing to say the least, but we can now check off another mining camp from our list of mines in Gila County...only 740 more to go.

200 feet up where?
Nothing left, too bad.

02-07-2007, 07:41 PM
With more than 700 to go, there should be a few really good ones left.

Sorry I haven't posed any travels lately, been sick.

Of course, where I come from, you work through it. So when I say sick, I mean SICK.

02-07-2007, 08:14 PM
Sorry to hear you've been sick Brian. :( Hope you'll hurry up and get well soon. You can't waste this beautiful weather, Summer will be here before you know it.


06-04-2007, 10:21 AM
I just found out a bit more information about Journigan Mine. The actual mine name was the "Delsie Dee" mine but the name Journigan stuck because Julian Journigan was the man who started it. He was known for his ability to solidly pack mules better than anyone else in the area. That's the reason we couldn't find any roads leading directly to the mine's location...there weren't any roads, all equipment was hauled in by pack mules. It was a very successful lead and zinc mine in its day. (Late 1800s to 1928) but it never had more than two or three people working it at one time. Julian Journigan was also employed by Sunflower Mercury Mine (also known as the National Mine) to pack their mules so equipment could be hauled into their location as well.
We're hoping to go back one morning before the temperatures rise and do some dump digging. We've found several promising old dump sites there, hopefully they might yield a bit of history to further speculate on.