On the very first week of my road trip I visited the Mojave Desert and spent a couple of days exploring old mining sites. A few days ago I was looking at the pictures I had taken and decided to share them in a post. Enjoy!
Lost Horse Mine
The Southern California desert must rank among the most inhospitable places in the world. Rainfall is scarce, agriculture is impossible, and a relentless summer sun can kill unprepared visitors. At the beginning of the 20th century few people ventured here, but those who did usually came with hopes of finding precious metals in the vast desert.
Copper, silver, and gold were all extracted from beneath the arid landscape with varying degrees of success. Some miners profited handsomely while others found little of value. Mining activities began to wind down during the 1950s and 1960s and today it has all but ceased. However much of what the early miners left behind is still out in the desert, remarkably well preserved by the dry climate.
Life in the Desert
Large mines operated year round and workers needed to live close by. In some cases, miners built homes in the desert for their families and laborers to reside in. These miniature mining communities needed to be totally self-sufficient and often went for months with no contact from the outside world.