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Location DB > United States > Nevada > Nye County > Orizaba
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created by rapcw on 10/12/2008 9:39 PM
last modified by rapcw on 8/24/2009 12:05 PM
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An abandoned silver mining camp consisting of headframes, boilers, shafts, miner's cabins and various other support structures.
 Basic Information
Type: Outdoors
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information

Nye County, Nevada
United States
Owner: BLM
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  • crazy hippies at their compound nearby
  •  Interesting Features
    The various scattered cabins and structures, the Orizaba mine and associated headframe and boilers, the nearby rock quarry and related structures.
     Security Measures
  • part-time guard
  • locked gates
  • wooden boarding
  • rock cairns
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1909
    Closed: 1949
     Required Equipment
  • binoculars
  • Camera
  •  Recommended Equipment
    water, time
    Ed Workman discovered gold and silver deposits at Orizaba in 1909. He soon began shipping ore from the mine to Millers, the milling center of Tonopah, in Esmeralda County. By 1911 prospectors in the area staked six claims covering 120 acres and included gold, silver, lead, and copper deposits. The property came under the control of the Diamondfield Black Butte Reorganized Mining Company, based in Goldfield, who then sold the claims to the Orizaba Mining and Development Company while retaining a financial interest in the new organization, which was incorporated in 1915 with $1 million in capital.

    By October 1915 over 1,500 tons of rich ore had been mined from the Orizaba, with another 1,200 tons of low grade being processed from the tailings piles.Over the next two years the Mines Selections Company gained control over the stock and assets of the Orizaba Mining company and became the new owners of the property. In 1917 the company moved in new machinery to help improve efficiency and pumping. Unlike most desert mines, Orizaba faced an overabundance of water, with 100,000 gallons seeping into the mine everyday.

    In 1918 the property had expanded to nine claims covering 180 acres. Production between 1913 to 1918 was valued at $122,000, but by the end of the year only an estimated $18,000 worth of ore remained in the veins. The company brought in more modern equipment by freight wagons from Millers, but this couldn't reverse the decline and the area was deserted by 1919.

    In May 1922, the Silver Mines Selection Company purchased the mine and began pumping out water from the shaft. During this time new shafts were sunk and more deposits were discovered. In April 1924 the Tonopah Mines Syndicate took over but met with little success and left in 1926. Hubert Welch last worked the mine for a year in 1949 and since then no activity has taken place on the property. Total production from the mine was valued at $128,000, mainly in silver ore.
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    Will likely remain in its current state, no development is foreseeable.

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    Sat, Jul 5th, 2008
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Opheliaism on 8/25/2009 1:33 AM.

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  • on Aug 25 09 at 1:33, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Aug 24 09 at 12:26, rapcw made this location available
  • on Aug 24 09 at 12:05, rapcw changed the following: Media Coverage
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  • on Aug 24 09 at 12:02, rapcw changed the following: Interesting Features
  • on Aug 24 09 at 11:57, rapcw updated gallery picture Mining cabin
  • on Aug 24 09 at 11:52, rapcw updated gallery picture Quarry
  • on Aug 24 09 at 11:52, rapcw updated gallery picture Headframe
  • on Aug 24 09 at 11:52, rapcw updated gallery picture Hoist engine
  • on Aug 24 09 at 11:52, rapcw updated gallery picture Hoists
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