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Size:  65.7 KBThe Tahquitz Mining District in the San Jacinto Mountains' Garner Valley was founded in the late 1800's. There were a number of mines including the Gold Shot, the Hemet Bell, and the Winchester.

    This past weekend, a neighbor of mine in Idyllwild suggested we go look for a mine he'd heard about in Garner Valley. I don't know the name of this mine, but when we found a mine (maybe not the one he'd heard about), it proved to be spectacular and unspectacular at the same time.

    It was a tunnel through solid granite with three entrances, but couldn't have been more than 100' total. However, it had equipment laying about and provided some excellent photo opportunities.

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    They were mining for gold, but not a single mine ever found enough to justify its continuance.
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    What I like most about this mine was that they had tracks and an ore car, but not much of a mine to use it on.
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    My pictures may make this look large--- it wasn't.
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    I'm amazed by how undisturbed that mind is. It's not often you find a nice, intact place that hasn't been stripped to the bone by vandals.
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    I agree. And the weird thing is, that the mine is fifty feet from a county road in a well traveled area. Why isn't that ore cart in somebody's front yard right now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norman Johnson View Post
    Why isn't that ore cart in somebody's front yard right now?

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    Looks like it's got a hole in it's side, so it's lost a lot of it's value

    Nice find. The nasty weather seems to make it all just a little spooky...

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    snow! nice to see...

    mines... everyone remember not to enter them as they are incredibly dangerous.

    and "take only pictures, leave only footprints"

    lol.. this concludes the lecture portion of our postings

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    Very cool mine!!
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    Thats a neat old mine. Nice shots NJ, & you had a nice day for it too.

    Being that close to "civilization" you'd expect everything to be ripped off, shot to he11, burned & covered with graffiti. Could there be hope yet?

    Naaaaaaaa........

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