Pinmore aka Croesus Mill

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"Squeezing cream out of old "Bessie" was alot easier that squeezing gold out of the ground."

Croseus Mill

Croseus Mill - Photo credit: Kern County Museum

July 11, 1897: “THE PINMORE, lying west of the Val Verde was bonded a few days ago for $10,000, but I did not learn to whom.  They have a shaft down about 100 feet in this mine.”  –  Los Angeles Daily Times

November 26, 1897:  “ADJOINING THEM on the east is the Pinmore mine owned by the Ashford Mining Company, which is working day and night shifts, and operating on a fine body of ore.  Further to the east, 1000 feet from the property and on the same ledge, is the Alameda, a producer, with rich ore and a large quantity of low-grade ore. from the Pinmore mine and it is reported that forty tons of $50 rock are being taken daily.” -  The Los Angeles Daily Times

December 6, 1897: “THE PINMORE, near Johannesburg, is sending out ore sufficient to keep two mills running and many others doing something.”  –  Los Angeles Daily Times

December 06, 1897: “Thomas Bull of Johannesburg was in the city the other day having come down to investigate the feasibility of purchasing a large stamp now owned by the Redlands Mining company in Death Valley. The mill is to be operated in conjunction with the Pinmore mine and other properties owned by the Ashford Mining Company. As the mines open up the necessity of larger milling facilities become apparent.” – The Herald

December, 18, 1897: “WORK ON THE PINMORE, which has been carried on extensively for some time has been suspended.  The same is true for the G. B.”  –  Los Angeles Daily Times

December 19, 1897: “A WEEK AGO, parties in Johannesburg discovered water indications in the town.  The owners of the Pinmore Mine are prospecting for water within a half-mile of the mine, and so confident of success is Manager Bull, that he has already purchased a ten-stamp mill, which he hopes to operate at the Pinmore mine with water developed near-by.”  –  Los Angeles Daily Times

November 18, 1899:  “PINMORE SOLD ==Mr. J. J. Miller has sold the Pinmore mine near Johannesburg, to Ballarat parties.  The purchase price could not be learned, nor the terms, but enough was discovered to know that it is a sure enough sale, the purchasers having made a liberal cash payment and secured the balance.

The purchasers are R. F. Harrison, W. W. Godsmark, Fred Hisom, M. Sharidan, all of Ballarat, and W. J. Colson of Johannesburg, and they are in possession.  They have bought the Visalia 10-stamp mill at Garlock and will move it up, erect it at the mine and fit it with the latest gold saving apparatus.  They have also contracted for water and will begin taking out ore at once.

The Pinmore is a heavy body of low grade ore and is considered a valuable property.  The Ashford boys and Bull, formerly took out a quantity of ore from the Pinmore and milled it at Garlock.” –Randsburg Miner

January 30, 1900: “The new mill on the Pinmore will soon start up.” — Los Angeles Herald

May 19, 1900: “THE MILL on the Pinmore mine is now running steadily on their own ore.”  –  Randsburg Miner

September 8, 1900: “THE PINMORE mine and mill are running steadily as usual.  This gives promise of being one of the best mines in the district.”  –  Randsburg Miner

December 3, 1900: “H. D. COLSON has been made manager of the Pinmore mine and mill.  Mr. Godsmark having to spend much of his time in the future in the Panamint country.”  –  Randsburg Miner

May 11, 1901:  “The Croesus Company at Randsburg, operating the Pinmore mine, is expecting to put in a cyanide plant of forth to fifty tons’ capacity within sixty days.  They have a dump of tailings to commence work on, roughly estimated at from 7000 to 9000 tons.”  —  Imperial Press

May 11, 1901: “The Croesus Company at Randsburg, operating the Pinmore mine, is expecting to put in a cyanide plant of forty to fifty tons’ capacity within sixty
days. They have a dump of tailings to commence work on, roughly estimated at from 7000 to 9000 tons. The recent milling of the Butte mine at the Red Dog mill, Randsburg, resulted in four handsome gold bricks, valued at $10,300, the product of 75 tons of ore — an average of $136 per.” – Imperial Press

October 17, 1903: “THE PINMORE mine and mill at Johannesburg are in operation, under lease to W. F. Ernst & Nelson, on a royalty basis.”  –  Mining and Scientific Press

June 28, 1908:  “The Penmore mine, one of the foremost producers in this district some years ago, is again to resume, J. J. O”Conner and assosciates having taken a long term lease on the mine and mill.”  –  S. F. Call

AUTHOR’S NOTE, (BP 11/2010):

An advertisement in the Randsburg Miner in September, 1900 shows William W. Godsmark and a man by the name of Whittemore as being the proprietors of the Johannesburg Hotel.  William Godsmark was a prosperous grocery and creamery businessman from Battle Creek Michigan.  He purchased the hotel from the Johannesburg Milling & Water Co.  for a recorded sum of ten dollars, however the Randsburg Miner, reported that reliable sources had told them the purchase price was actually $3,000.

Mr. Godsmark and his brother Albert led a group of investors that purchased the Ratcliff mine called the Never Give Up.  The mine, which is located in the Panamint Mountains outside of Ballarat, was purchased for a price of $30,000. This mine was held as a closed corporation known as the Ratcliff Consolidated Gold Mines. Local mining interest is evidenced by a letterhead in the collection of the Kern County Museum which shows that William Godsmark was involved with a firm called The Croesus Mining Company, which had it’s mine, mill and offices in Johannesburg.

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.

“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

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