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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Alvord Mine, Pt. VIII.

By the time that the mill had burned, the Alvord Mine had produced roughly $50,000 in gold.

After the fire, the mine sat idle for the next four years.  In 1895, after more prospecting took place, the Alvord ore was tested.  Another mill had to be built in order to test the ore, and the Alvord Mining Company of Pasadena did so, most likely near the spot where the old mill had burned.

Evidently, the test results indicated that mining was still at least somewhat worthwhile, because mining operations resumed, with the  ownership of the mine changing hands numerous times until mining operations stopped altogether in 1952.

To be continued.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Alvord Mine, Part VII...

The area near Mule Canyon.  This spot is in the Calico Mountains.  Alvord and his party may

have camped here, or at an area in the Alvord Mountains known as "Spanish Canyon."  "Spanish Canyon" may once have been known as "Mule Canyon."   So, I'm not sure which "Mule Canyon" is the right spot.

To be continued.

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Alvord Mine, Pt. VI...

Throughout the early 1880's, the Alvord Mine was bought, sold, and worked by several different individuals and/or companies. 

Between 1884 and 1887, the mine was being operated by a J.B. Osborn, of Daggett.

By May of 1885, Osborn was hauling ore to processing sites at Camp Cady, where a mill had been built near the Mojave River.  That month, $36,973 was earned by the mine. 

The Alvord mine kept producing steadily, until September of 1891, when a fire destroyed the mill that had been built at Alvord Well. 

To be continued.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Alvord Mine Pt. V.

Though no one was ever able to locate Charles Alvord's lost mine, gold WAS discovered in the Alvord Mountains by others, just before the year 1881.  A mining operation- which was named in honor of Charles Alvord, was set up, and it is thought that an arrastre was used to process the gold, early on. 

Nonetheless, an outfit that was called the Alvord Consolidated Quartz Mining Company sold 75,000 shares of its stock, in order to finance the mining operation.  This was in February of 1881.

To be continued.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Alvord Mine, Pt. IV.

So, the question is whether the site of the Alvord Mine ruins that still sit, baking in the desert sun, are located at the site of Charles Alvord's lost mine.  Modern lost-mine "scholars" insist Charles Alvord's first-find did NOT occur at the spot where the ruins are located.  They cite the fact that the gold produced at the developed Alvord mine was valued at only $12.75 per ton, whereas Alvord claimed that HIS mine could pay the national debt - in 1860 dollars, of course.

To be continued.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Alvord Mine, Part III...

Alvord's one-time partner, Joe Clews searched Alvord's "striped butte" for another eighteen years.  Clews believed that the site was located at a spot called "Mule Spring", which, itself, is located in Mule Canyon.  Mule Canyon, in turn, is located in the Alvord Mountains (as the range is known today.)  The problem with most desert springs, is that they only run after heavy rain. 

Consequently, Clews never found Alvord's "striped butte", and the site became yet another Lost Mine.

To be continued. 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Alvord Mine...Part II.

Three times, Charles Alvord tried to find the spot where he'd found his gold streak.  His remaining partner, Joe Clews (the only one who hadn't ridiculed Alvord) accompanied Alvord on Alvord's third and final attempt to locate the spot. 

Telling Clews that the spot was in the vicinity of a "striped butte", near the group's campsite during the first expedition, the two men searched in vain.

After this, Charles Alvord appears to have been swallowed up by the mists of time.  One legend has it that he was murdered.  Whether this is true or not, his former partner, Joe Clews continued the search.

To be continued.