BLACK CLOUD PLACER MINE

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". . .is far superior than the old sleepy mule tied to a pole. '

 

Black Cloud Placer Mine, view looking N, from about Highway 395, ca 1930s(?). 'All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go'. An elaborate mill complex, with no tailings; reminiscent of many examples in Nevada & our own Panamint Mountains. The fruitful labor of the artful mining promoter whose major Discovery was that it is often easier to find wealth in the pockets of Investors than from the ground. - RDM Collection

August 25, 1932:“ WORKS BETTER THAN MISSOURI MULE TYPE.  Randsburg Aug. 25—Many personal visits are being made to the Frank Feldman lease, on the Pinmore mine, Johannesburg, for the purpose of seeing the gold saving arasta built and installed at the mouth of the working shaft.  As the milling charges on ore through local custom mill is $6 the ton, and trucking expense of delivering the material at the mill, the early days of California gold reduction by the use of arastas, may take hold in the Rand and other districts. The Feldman type is far superior than the old sleepy mule tied to a pole, going around and around when watched by a miner with a stick, and no watcher the mule stopped for a rest, should the miner be away for a time, he found the animal laying on the ground fast asleep.  A small engine with but little cost for gas and oil operate the plant. Feldman finds that the plate added is an improvement, he is constantly figuring other improvements that will improve the handling of the slimes.

Black Cloud Arastre, ("Arasta"), view NW, El Paso Mtns. in the background. Goler & Garlock lie at their base at the upper left, along the famous Garlock Fault, ca. 2011. Yet another layer of contradictions at the site: the considerable investment in materials & labor is not balanced by tons of ore tailings, or other evidence that any production, or bullion followed. The winners were the workmen who ate oysters with their beans & O. B. Joyful, for a time. Probably NOT associated with the shaft adjoining, (seen in the Then/Now illustration, below, or the air factory seen above), in that the shaft prospected for placer gold, on the bedrock, (with meager results, judging from the minimal tailings). Zero evidence for any production, Arasta, Shaft or Mill foundations. It would not be the first time the same property would serve the interests of generations of promoters. - William J. Warren © 2011

“BUILDING DUAL ARASTA: The Hattens and White, leasing on the K. C. N. No. 1, are now building a dual arasta with the addition of a cyanide tank and process, their produce will make excellent and almost complete recovery of the gold content.

“GETTING IDEAS: Interested owners of a fair grade of gold bearing ore in another district have made trips to the Feldman plant for observation; on their next visit, they will check upon the plan that the arasta is built on.”  –  Mojave-Randsburg Record Times

 

Black Cloud Placer, Then & Now, 1932-2011, view NW, the El Paso Mtns., Garlock & Goler at their base, along the Garlock Fault. Rand Desert Museum Curator Bart Parker studies a copy of the 1932 photo, standing just where he might have, were his old car. A miner is bent as though digging, in front of the ore bin. The shaft has since been filled in, the dump material poured back where it came from, courtesy of BLM & their hazard mitigation efforts, namely preventing motorcycle riders from driving in the shaft. - William J. Warren © 2011

 

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