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Milford Mine. Goodsprings, Nevada.
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Primary Mining: Zinc
Secondary Mining: Copper, Gold, Lead, Molybdenum, Silver
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Milford 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.
Most of Milford Mine has been sealed by backfill and bat gates. The only remaining open entry requires efforts that should be considered unsafe. Do not tamper with or remove mine safety barriers. As far as we know, the images below are the only interior images of this mine available anywhere.
To date, we have only surveyed two of the four mapped levels. Primary mining was for zinc which was still plentiful on all levels. It did appear as though attempts were made to locate the ore body from above and below and stope the joining fault line. Although zinc is what likely paid the bills, they did concentrate side cuts on the pockets of limonite. In this area, fine gold is often associated with limonite and with magnification, did appear to be positive.
Before you go out hoping to strike it rich, keep in mind, those pockets were very deep within the mine and getting a single bucket of ore out would be a dangerous task for just a little flour gold. You can also find better quality limonite in the tailings and remaining pay piles of other mines easier to reach.