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Location DB > United States > New Mexico > Orogrande > Brice Mining Area
Brice Mining Area
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created by Jonsered on 3/7/2006 4:08 PM
last modified by Jonsered on 3/7/2006 5:04 PM
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This is a high desert setting. Brice is visible West of the highway thanks to the 100 foot tall tailing piles. Several structures, including the water supply tank for the town of Orogrande will lead you to the network of old roads that are Brice.
 Basic Information
Type: Outdoors
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information

Orogrande, New Mexico
United States
Owner: Mostly Bureau of Land Management
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  •  Hazards
  • Barbed wire, cactus, snakes, unstable mine shafts
  •  Interesting Features
    There are several very large mines which can be easily explored. The old powderhouse is an impressive structure with 18 inch thick walls.
     Security Measures
  • barbed wire
  • Trained attack rattlesnakes
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1889
    Closed: 1920
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • rope
  • harness
  • binoculars
  • gloves
  • long pants / sleeves
  • towelettes
  • snake bite kit, lots of water
  •  Recommended Equipment
    Brice was initially a series of mining claims, which were loosely called the Brice Mining District. The first claim was located by a hunchback prospector named Old Perk Perkins. Over 350 mines and almost 1,000 claims lie in the immediate area, which is only 4 square miles, including the fabulously rich Nannie Baird and Garnet mines. Several buildings still stand, along with tons of equipment, headframes and mine shafts to explore.
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     Future Plans
    This is BLM land, so nothing new will be built here. The old structures will slowly rot away and the mines will cave in until nothing remains.

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    Brice aboveground
    Tue, Mar 7th, 2006
    posted by Jonsered
    18 pictures
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    Garnet Mine
    Mon, Mar 20th, 2006
    posted by Jonsered
    18 pictures
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    Iron Queen Mine
    Mon, Mar 20th, 2006
    posted by Jonsered
    25 pictures
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    Garnet Mine - Upper Level
    Mon, May 22nd, 2006
    posted by Jonsered
    17 pictures
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    Iron Annie Mine
    Fri, Jun 2nd, 2006
    posted by Jonsered
    15 pictures

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 7/12/2006 3:34 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jul 12 06 at 15:34, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jun 2 06 at 18:52, Jonsered updated gallery picture Lube
  • on Jun 2 06 at 18:52, Jonsered updated gallery picture Powder
  • on Jun 2 06 at 18:51, Jonsered added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jun 2 06 at 18:47, Jonsered updated gallery Brice aboveground
  • on Jun 2 06 at 18:46, Jonsered updated gallery Iron Annie Mine
  • on Jun 2 06 at 18:45, Jonsered updated gallery picture Entry
  • on Jun 2 06 at 18:44, Jonsered updated gallery picture Panorama
  • on Jun 2 06 at 18:44, Jonsered updated gallery picture Danger
  • on Jun 2 06 at 18:43, Jonsered updated gallery picture Heading out
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