Following in "Shorty" Harris' Footsteps (Part 3)
("Exterior of the old bunkhouse at the east end of the Inyo Mining Camp." All photographs courtesy Jim Fagan. Photos are copyrighted cannot be reproduced or reused without permission.)
Here's more written and visual history of southeastern California's Inyo Mine from Jim Fagan, our resident mining historian and photographer who continues to follow old-time prospector "Shorty" Harris' footsteps.
("View from the interior of the old bunkhouse.")
("Old ore bin at the mouth of the main shaft. When the mine closed it was full of gold ore but it's empty now...probably the result of decades of souvenir hunters.")
("The mine's ore bin seen from the mouth of the main shaft. You can see the bent remnants of the metal ore cart tracks from the mine.")
("Two exterior views of the mine's main shaft. At one time it was over 700-feet long. I can attest to at least 200 feet...that's as far as I got after leaving my good flashlight in the car at the bottom of the hill and trying to use my iPhone's light.")
"Disclaimer: Poking around in these old abandoned mines is not a particularly good idea (actually, it’s a pretty bad one). Most are not very well braced and the quartzite is extremely shatter-prone and not very stable."
("Interior of the main shaft.")
("The next shaft up the ridge from the main Inyo Mine camp.")
Once again, I commend Jim Fagan on his avocation of documenting old mine sites like the Inyo Mine. We desperately need these sorts of visual records of our mining legacy here in the West, much of which has been plundered, vandalized, or torn down and reclaimed. Shorty would be proud, methinks...
(c) Jim Fagan (for Bedrock Dreams) 2013, 2014
(c) Jim Rocha (J.R.) 2014