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October 11, 2015

Ivanpah, California. 

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Rows 1 and 2 continue with images of the Geer Camp.  Rows 3 and 4 begin the images of the Ginn Mine.  Mining at the Ginn Mine was primarily for Lead and Copper.  The mines in the hills above have just enough room to enter a few feet before they were intentionally collapsed.  I've read that there may be a natural spring nearby which would account for the lush, green foliage and massive water pump at the base of the hill, but we've never been able to locate a surface water source.

Rows 4-8 are of the Evening Star Mine.  This mine has been double sealed with an intentional interior collapse and sturdy bat gates covering the portals and shafts. Still, there is plenty to see at the surface.  Most notably, is one of the more impressive head frames in all of Ivanpah.

When in production, this structure collected ore at its highest level which fed into the rock crusher at the center level.  This is the only structure we've come across in the area that had a built-in, suspended rock crusher.  At its lowest level is the standard ore hopper common to most large production mines.  Seeing this in operation must have been an impressive sight, withstanding tremendous stress and vibration. 

Some restoration repairs have been made, but at the upper levels, there is a slight sway to it.  Unless further restorations are made, this structure will likely be grounded within a few years and is currently unsafe to climb.

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