Flurospar Canyon - 06/29/2019 Trip Notes

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This page last updated on 06/22/2019

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On today's visit to Fluorspar Canyon I was accompanied by Jim Herring, Bob Croke and Ron Ziance. This was the first time either of them have ever been here before.  This road circles the northern end of the Bare Mountain Range, an area that is rich with mines ranging from simple hand dug adits, to deep shafts, to huge open pit excavations. This entire area is known as the Fluorine District, a.k.a. Bare Mountain District. We spent and couple of hours roaming the mountains checking out some of its mines. During our travels we came across more than a dozen sightings of burros during our visit. Less than two miles in we had our first sighting (Fig. 02). Interesting enough, it seemed that every time we found them they were in groups of four (Fig. 03). There were many more burros than on my first visit. Climbing up a steep hillside, the first mine we came upon was an open pit mine (Fig. 04). The picture in (Fig. 05) is a view looking back down from the open pit mine. After just a few more hundred yards up the road we came across another sighting of four more burros down in a wash (Fig. 06). They seemed to be everywhere. Unless threatened, they appear somewhat use to human contact and were always ready to "pose" for us (Fig. 07). (Notes continued below)

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The next mine site we visited was that of the Crowell/Daisy Mine and the remains of a well built stone and wood cabin. Refer to the section on the Summary Page for more info on this mine. The picture in (Fig. 08) shows Bob Croke peering out of the cabins' window. I did notice that the main mine had had large cement blocks placed over the steel grate that covered this 600 foot deep mine during my first visit (Fig. 09). Next we drove to the top of a steep hill that contained some radio towers (Figs 10 & 11). There were some nice views from the top of this hill (Fig. 12). From here we drove to yet another very large and deep open pit mine (Fig. 13).

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