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    This week's trip took myself & my 9-month-old puppy Cocoa (her first trip!) to the Bullion Mine, in the Goodsprings Mining District. There is scant information available on the Bullion Mine without some serious digging, but so far I've only been able to uncover the following:

    "An inclined shaft and workings on four levels. Minerals mines: Gold, Silver, Copper, Lead, Zinc." Most of the mines in this area are Private Property, and are signed as such as well as fenced off. But the Bullion is not, as far as I could tell. ALL of the mines are also high up on the sides of very steep mountains, and take considerable effort to reach. These photos do NOT do any justice to just how rugged & barren this area is, I can't imagine how tough it must have been for the miners working these mines.

    Cocoa & I made it down to the 3rd of 4 levels inside the Bullion Mine, but only partway down the incline (for reasons that will become apparent very soon).

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    Yes, that is the Bullion Mine on the right (atop the tailings), with the head of an aerial tramway on the left. The cable still snakes its way down the hill.


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    A concrete foundation at the base of the mountain:


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    Part of a sorter or crusher lies near the base of the aerial tramway; there are obvious signs of some sort of milling/processing operation here:


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    "A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity."
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    The base of the aerial tramway:


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    Looking at the base of the aerial tramway up the mountain to the head of the tramway (just follow the cable all the way up):


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    I couldn't see any easy way up the mountain on either side, so in classic Marine Corps fashion, Cocoa & I executed a frontal assault straight upwards.

    Along the frontal assault, we came across part of the aerial tramway head loading chute:
    "A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity."
    --Sigmund Freud, General Introduction to Psychoa*alysis (1952)

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    Cocoa the Assault Dawg taking a break partway up the climb:


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    Looking back down from our break area; notice the fine sand in the area where my (tiny!) truck is parked, clear evidence of some kind of milling/processing operation at the base:


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    And of course, about 3/4 of the way up, we run right into a vertical cliff about 12 feet high, blocking any further progress; the only way we could find was to climb up the tailings waste pile on the northern end (No God No!!!):


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    The southern end terminated just past this wood pile, directly below the head of the aerial tramway:
    "A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity."
    --Sigmund Freud, General Introduction to Psychoa*alysis (1952)

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    Remains of a broken pulley wheel lie just below the head of the aerial tramway:


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    The head of the aerial tramway:


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    WHEW! After a long, hard scrabble up the tailings, we can finally have a close look at the aerial tramway:


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    "A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity."
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    Looking at the aerial tramway head from atop it:


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    Now we can get down to the business of exploring the Bullion Mine! Here is the headframe for the incline shaft:


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    Some 10-pound rails sticking out of the debris pile in front of the headframe/loading bin:


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    Unusual for most 10-pound (very light) mining rails I've typically seen, these all have 2 holes on each end for the rail joiners; all the other 10-pound mining rail I've seen to date had only 1 hole on each end for rail joiners:
    "A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity."
    --Sigmund Freud, General Introduction to Psychoa*alysis (1952)

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    Just below the headframe is another adit opening, with more 10-pound mining rails sticking out:


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    From the headframe, looking back towards the aerial tramway, we can see the burro path heading up to the winch drum for the incline to the right of the photo:


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    The winch drum is long gone; all that is left is the concrete foundation:
    "A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity."
    --Sigmund Freud, General Introduction to Psychoa*alysis (1952)

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    The brake band is all that is recognizable amongst the winch debris:


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    The entrance to the incline shaft:


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    Looking inside, we can see that there are very large caverns carved out by the miners:


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    Looking down the incline shaft, there are still 10-pound mining rails in place on the beams; the angle downward is only about 30-degrees, easy to negotiate if you're careful:
    "A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity."
    --Sigmund Freud, General Introduction to Psychoa*alysis (1952)

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    Not far down the incline shaft, however, a dropoff appears & ends our downward descent:


    The dropoff to the right was even deeper than that straight ahead; I didn't want to risk getting too close, so I backed out.

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    Coming back up the incline, Cocoa the Intrepid Mine Exploring Dawg is wisely waiting for me at the top:


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    We found another way to explore the vast underground cavernous workings; these photos do NOT do the caverns any justice!


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    This one kept going down, down, down to the right (at the right rear of the photo):
    "A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity."
    --Sigmund Freud, General Introduction to Psychoa*alysis (1952)

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