Lizzie Bullock Mine. Ivanpah, California.
USGS Full Report
Primary Mining: Gold, Silver
Secondary Mining: Zinc, Copper, Lead, Antimony
Lizzie Bullock Mine is located Southwest of Las Vegas, Nevada. Nearest town is Primm, Nevada. Primary mining in the area included: Gold, copper, lead, silver, and zinc.
Giving this mine a name was difficult because many were bought, sold, and renamed over and over. Often sold and resold back and forth between the same companies. Records of one of the Lizzie Bullock Mines indicates it was renamed to Stonewall, then Taylor, then Allie, then back to Stonewall, and finally one of the many Beatrice Mine sites in the area. The same mines were called so many different names, it's difficult to settle on one.
Identifying this mine was made more difficult because many of these mines were mined along the edges of claim boundaries. At one time, there were three separate mines working the same corner. I settled on Lizzie Bullock because it was the original name registered with the USGS and I want to provide historical data.
This mine had a separate tailing pile well away from the primary mine in the valley below. That, combined with the already large tailing piles closest to the mines, had us excited for what we hoped to be a massive mine system. We weren't disappointed, but we did expect more. The main level had nothing remarkable except for the use of uncut lumber for shoring and cribbing. It's always interesting to see such primitive construction still serving its purpose after a century of use.
The lowest levels were very brief, branching a few different ways, but leading to nothing significant. The vent at the top, which went down to the lowest levels, may have been the actual production shaft and the source of the large and numerous tailing piles. There is a foot trail leading away from this site to another nearby tailing we have yet to explore.
Researching further from home, it does appear that the trail heading north up and over leads to the upper workings of the Beatrice Mine. We have yet to explore the larger Beatrice Mine because we were met by angry bees from the lower approach. It appears that crossing over from the Lizzie Bullock Mine has a more gradual difference in elevation and may avoid the bees that took residence somewhere in the lower valley.
Use extreme caution in this area. These bees reacted more aggressively than expected and continued to chase us even as we sat in our vehicle. Those with known bee allergies may want to avoid this area entirely.
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