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Near Panamint Springs in Inyo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Eureka Mine

 
 
Eureka Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, 2017
1. Eureka Mine Marker
Inscription.  
Gold from the Eureka Mine sustained Pete Aguereberry for 40 years. Historians estimate that Aguereberry extracted about $175,000 worth of gold (then valued at $20 per ounce) from Providence Ridge during his lifetime.

Cashier Mill

On the hillside to your left is the Cashier Mill, built in 1909. Powered by gasoline engines, the mill pulverized the ore, then chemical processes using mercury and cyanide extracted the gold. The mill site and surrounding mines were originally part of Shorty Harris's claim, which he sold to the Cashier Mining Company. Aguereberry later bought the mill site, adding to the seven Death Valley mining claims he already owned.

Gold prospectors like Aguereberry looked for veins of quartz (shown left) or seams of red or yellow iron-stained rock. Miners followed the veins, drilling and blasting to break the ore loose, they then sent the ore to mills to extract the gold. A profitable mine would yield about an ounce of gold per ton of ore.

In recent years, the Eureka Mine has become a winter home for the endangered Townsend big-eared bat.
Eureka Mine and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, 2017
2. Eureka Mine and Marker
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Your presence in the mine during winter months could awaken the bats, which may cause them distress and even death.
At times the mine is closed for the protection of bats. When the mine is open, use caution while exploring. Take two flashlights, one for use and one for backup.
 
Erected by Death Valley National Park.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1909.
 
Location. 36° 21.742′ N, 117° 6.42′ W. Marker is near Panamint Springs, California, in Inyo County. Marker can be reached from Aguereberry Point Road, 1.8 miles east of Emigrant Canton Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Death Valley CA 92328, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Aguereberry Camp (approx. 0.2 miles away); Aguereberry Point (approx. 3.3 miles away); Skidoo (approx. 5.3 miles away); Skidoo Mill (approx. 5.8 miles away); Wildrose CCC Camp (approx. 8 miles away); Skidoo Pipeline (approx. 8 miles away); Wildrose Charcoal Kilns (approx. 8.2 miles away); An Architectural Heritage (approx. 11½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Panamint Springs.
 
Eureka Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, April 1, 2022
3. Eureka Mine Marker
Cashier Mill is visible in the distance.
Eureka Mine image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, 2017
4. Eureka Mine
Viewed through a locked gate.
Cashier Mill image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, 2017
5. Cashier Mill
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 22, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 6, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 83 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 6, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   3. submitted on April 21, 2022, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   4, 5. submitted on March 6, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 29, 2022