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Location DB > United States > Nevada > Esmeralda County > Mohawk Mine
Mohawk Mine
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created by rapcw on 12/15/2007 7:13 PM
last modified by rapcw on 8/25/2008 5:20 PM
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An isolated mining camp located high in the mountains of western Nevada, relatively untouched and intact.
 Basic Information
Type: Outdoors
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information

Esmeralda County, Nevada
United States
Owner: BLM
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • mining hazards apply if you make it underground
  •  Interesting Features
    The equipment storage shed, the rows of cabins, the mines (if you can get in), the hoist house and headframe, the location.
     Security Measures
  • locked gates
  • welded doors
  • wooden boarding
  • long and difficult unpaved roads to the site
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1920
    Closed: 1961
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • head protection
  • good driving skills, high clearance vehicle
  •  Recommended Equipment
    Camera, water, 4 wheel drive
    The Mohawk Mine was first discovered in 1920 by E. J. Shirley high in the mountains west of Silver Peak. While there was a relatively large quantity of silver-bearing rock at the site, the ore was of a rather low grade for extensive development. Because of the poor quality ore and remote location, the property attracted little attention until the 1950s.

    In 1951, attention on the mine surfaced after Avery Brundage of Chicago purchased the claims and set to work improving the property. Under the supervision of E. R. Hines of Tonopah, a respectable ore body of 40 oz./ton silver was developed by tunnel 150 ft. below ground. This development brought interest from large mining firms such as Anaconda, however many were put off by the harsh purchase terms required by Brundage, due to his own $1,000,000 investment into the property.

    In July 1952 Desert Magazine reported daily development was ongoing at the mine, with 7 men employed and timber being hauled in to construct a camp for 20 more miners. In July of next year it was reported that the Sunshine Mining Company took over operations at the mine with an option to buy the property after several months of exploratory work. In an April 1954 report geologist Ira B. Jeralemon stated that the mine and camp were well equipped for operations at a rate of 300 tons a day. A 200 ton flotation mill was built at Silver Peak but the refractory ore caused poor milling returns. In 1956 the property was taken over by U.S. Mining & Milling Corporation, previously active at the nearby Nivloc mine, and they expanded operations and refurbished the mill to better process the silver ore from the Mohawk and other local mines.

    It was during this time until 1961 that the mine was most active in its life. At its peak, the Mohawk Mine consisted of a power plant, hoist house, a cookhouse, a bunkhouse, over half a dozen cabins, various other support structures, several dozen miners employed, and a mile of underground workings on six levels. Sometime during this period, 2 miners were killed when the section they were working on caved. Due to the dangers of retrieving their bodies, they were left in place and that section was abandoned.

    After 1961 the mine became largely inactive, though it continued to have several different owners. In a 1984 report the mine is stated as being guarded and maintained by its owners Veta Grande, though not in production or development at the time. Recently, Silver Reserve Corp. has shown an interest in developing the property and as of June 2008 has been actively drilling samples, but it is unknown at this point whether future operations will commence.

    Total production from the mine as of 1982 has been 106,000 short tons of silver, or 2,000,000 ounces, with the average grade being 20-25 oz/ton. The majority of this production occurred between 1954 and 1961.
     Media Coverage
    http://www.reuters...n-2008+PRN20080609 - A press release from Silver Reserve Corp. on the status of their operations around the Mohawk Mine property.
     Future Plans
    Silver Reserve Corp., "an exploration stage mining company that is focused on exploration and development of precious metals in the United States," has recently leased the Mohawk mine from the BLM and has obtained drilling permits. It appears that they are actively developing this property as of June 2008.

    Access to this site and its status is now unknown.

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    Mohawk Mine
    Sat, Sep 1st, 2007
    posted by rapcw
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     Web Links - Homepage of the company now actively drilling the property.

    ftp://comstock.nbm.../3860/38600032.pdf - A report on the Mohawk Mine from 1954 by geologist Ira B. Jeralemon

    ftp://comstock.nbm.../3860/38600049.pdf - A detailed .pdf map of the mine site and camp. Rotate counter-clockwise for the correct orientation.

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    Coolness 8 / 10
    Content Quality 8 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by RailGuy88 on 8/25/2008 8:18 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Aug 25 08 at 20:18, RailGuy88 validated this location
  • on Aug 25 08 at 17:37, rapcw made this location available
  • on Aug 25 08 at 17:20, rapcw changed the following: Security Measures
  • on Aug 25 08 at 17:18, rapcw updated gallery picture Birdhouse
  • on Aug 25 08 at 17:09, rapcw changed the following: History, Web Links
  • on Aug 25 08 at 17:05, rapcw updated gallery picture Bunkhouse
  • on Aug 25 08 at 17:04, rapcw updated gallery picture Outhouse view
  • on Aug 25 08 at 17:04, rapcw updated gallery picture Outhouse view
  • on Aug 25 08 at 17:01, rapcw updated gallery picture Birdhouse
  • on Aug 25 08 at 17:00, rapcw updated gallery picture Birdhouse
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