Green Monster Mine is located South of Las Vegas, Nevada. Nearest towns are Jean, Nevada, Goodsprings, Nevada and Sandy Valley, Nevada. Primary mining in the area included: copper, lead, silver, gold and zinc.
As of early 2013, this mine has been backfilled, cemented, foamed shut and marked as "Private Property". Sadly, you can see the bird droppings and bat guano throughout the mine interior images below. This mine was home and protection for local wildlife. The type of bat that made residence of this mine was the Brown Myotis Bat. Over the years, we've seen the population of this particular bat decreasing.
The Brown Myotis Bat is an unprotected species, but the Desert Tortoise is and is common to that area. We've seen them within 100 yards of the Green Monster Mine and know that the Desert Tortoises in the area often use the local mines as hibernation dens. Knowing that this mine housed various local wildlife, we were surprised that bat bars common to the area were not used in place of completely sealing this mine.
It was our hope that this closure was temporary in preparation of the mine reopening for production, but it remains closed. There are no open portals or collars to this mine and the area is occasionally posted as "Private Property".
A parcel search for this property lists Hearst Corp. as the current or last owners.
I am unsure if the decision for closure was made by the Hearst Corp. or part of the BLM's mine closure program.
I've gone through our picture archives and found some old interior images to add to the gallery. As far as we've been able to research, the images below are the only interior images of the Green Monster Mine available online and only show a tiny portion of its real depth. Because of its sealed status, no new interior images will become available unless we locate more in our archives.
Green Monster Mine. Goodsprings, Nevada.
USGS Full Report
Primary Mining: Zinc
Secondary Mining: Lead, Silver, Uranium, Copper
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