Red Dog Mill

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Red Dog Mill

Red Dog Mill

AUTHOR’S NOTE, (BP 11/2010): Since we have ruins & tailings for only one mill adjoining the township, we assume the Red Dog Mill is the Johannesburg Reduction & Sampling Works by a new name; (as one fades from use as the other ascends).

June 1, 1898: “VERY RICH ORE was milled at the Red Dog mill the past week. It was from the Butte mine on Bull hill”. -  Mining And Metallurgical Journal

Red Dog Mill, Then & Now Composite, 1900-2011. A hand-riveted vessel may have stored water for the prominent structure at the right. A fragment of broken white porcelain toilet marks the rim of a rectangular depression conforming closely to footprint of the structure. Broken window glass, burned glass shards, metal food containers litter the site, suggesting that its end was gradual, sheltering a declining succession of guests, each more careless than the last in disposing of the trash. - William J. Warren © 2011

July 18, 1898: “THE ENGINE at the Little Butte works gave out yesterday and work will be suspended both at the mill and in the mine until a new shaft can go in to replace the broken one.  It is a precisely similar break to the two at the mill in Johannesburg, where, in each case, the wheel and part of the shaft flew out through the side of the building, the Little Butte engineer being fortunate enough to notice the crack before it went to pieces.” -  The Los Angeles Daily Times

May 1, 1899: “VAL SCHMIDT has just had three tons of ore milled at the Johannesburg Reduction Works, which milled a little over $100 to the ton. This ore came out of the Nine-Spot mine from a shaft only 32 feet deep. Mr. Schmidt left for Los Angeles last week to be gone three weeks on a business and pleasure trip.”  – Mining And Metallurgical Journal

September 15, 1899: “THE WEDGE mine is now taking out ore from the 200, 350 and 450-foot levels, and the average mill run of this mine is $75 per ton. The main shaft is down some 506 feet. From a clean-up of a milling of 47 tons they got $3,300 a few days ago at the Red Dog mill.” - Mining And Metallurgical Journal

January 30, 1900: “MINING IN THE DESERT –RANDSBURG DISTRICT IS QUITE LIVELY JUST NOW — News of Mines, Mills and Miners, Randsburg, Jan. 29.—The Red Dog mill at Johannesburg is running two shifts of 12 hours each. The ore being melted is from the Buckboard, Butte, Wedge, Windy and Ruby mines. The Buckboard is milling 20 tons a day and the Ruby will mill from 60 to 70 tons this week. Morgan Griffith has teen brought from Los Angeles to run the amalgamator on the night shift. A clean-up of 37 tons this week at the Red Dog mill yielded two dainty bricks worth $1,800.” Los Angeles Herald

July 7, 1900: “BUTTE MINE is about ready to mill 100 tons at Red Dog Mill.” -  Randsburg Miner

September 8, 1900:  “THE BUTTE MINE now has twenty-three men on the payroll,  the largest force, so far in its history.  The production averages about three and one half tons of high grade ore daily.  Another milling similar to the one of two weeks ago in value, will commence on Tuesday at the Red Dog.” -  Randsburg Miner

September 15, 1900: “THE WHITE BROTHERS from the Sidney out beyond the Buckboard mine, had thirty tons of medium grade ore milled at the Red Dog mill a few days ago.

“THE CLEANUP of Boone & Ricketts from the Santa Ana mine milled at the Red Dog mill went nearly $50 per ton.

“GEORGE SANDERSON had twelve tons of ore from the Santa Ana milled at the Red Dog mill which averaged the same as that of Boone & Ricketts.” -  Randsburg Miner

September 22, 1900: “SUPERINTENDENT PERCY McMAHON is cleaning up today at the Red Dog mill a run of eighty tons of ore from the Big Butte mine of which he has charge, and the result will be nearly or quite $5000.” -  Randsburg Miner

October 20, 1900: “THE RED DOG MILL is making a run of 50 tons of ore from the Butte mine which is expected to run about $60 per ton.” -  Randsburg Miner

October 27, 1900: “SIDNEY GROUP has 30 tons milled at Red Dog Mill in Johannesburg.

“SANTA ANA has 40 tons of ore at the Red Dog Mill to be milled.” -  Randsburg Miner

December 8, 1900: “THE LAST CLEANUP of the Butte mine at the Red Dog mill last week netted $4200.” -  Randsburg Miner

April 06, 1901: “According to reports from Randsburg it has been decided by parties interested in the Randsburg railroad and the reduction works at the latter place
to erect sampling works at Johannesburg, which adjoins the mining camp at Randsburg. Work is to be commenced upon the construction of the building at once. The object of the construction of these works at Johannesburg is to sample ores from the Rand and adjoining districts, and on contracts being made, to ship the ore to the reduction works at Barstow. It is stated that a low rate for milling and transportation has been made, and
there are good reasons for believing that the construction of those sampling works will encourage the development of large quantities of medium grade ore, which cannot be profitably treated otherwise in the Randsburg railroad and the reduction works at the latter place to erect sampling works at Johannesburg, which adjoins the mining camp
of Randsburg. Work is to be commenced upon the construction of the building at once. The object of the construction of these works at Johannesburg is to sample ores from the Rand and adjoining districts, and on contracts being made, to ship the ore to the reduction works at Barstow. It is stated that a low rate for milling and transportation has been made, and there are good reasons for believing that the construction of these sampling works will encourage the development of large quantities of medium grade ore, which cannot be profitably treated otherwise.” – Mojave County Miner

May 11, 1901: “THE BUTTE LODE CO. at Randsburg, has milled thirty-four tons at the Red Dog mill, obtaining $3950, an average of $116 per ton.  A new gasoline hoist has been installed and a new ore bin and track built.” –  Mining and Scientific Press

November 15, 1902: “BUTTE—The Stanford Company  working on this mine’s tailings has made a satisfactory clean-up.” -  The Engineering and Mining Journal

August, 29, 1903: “THE SANTA ANA, owned partly by the owners of the Red Dog mill and partly by Superintendent Layton is also a rich proposition, averaging $100 per ton.” –  Mining and Scientific Press

December 25, 1903:  “SUPERINTENDENT McMAHON of the Butte, Randsburg, reports a very satisfactory clean-up at the Red Dog Mill.  Eighty-five tons milled $6400.” -  Los Angeles Mining Review

January 16, 1904:  “THE BUTTE MINE began their monthly milling at the Red Dog mill.” -  Randsburg Miner

January 1, 1904: “THE BUTTE Mining Company had its regular milling last week at the Red Dog mill. Sixty-seven tons milled $5300.” -  Randsburg Miner

February 27, 1904: “THE RED DOG finished the regular milling on Butte ore last week.  Eighty nine tons were milled which cleaned up $5100.” -  Randsburg Miner

Red Dog Mill in 1910

Red Dog Mill in 1910

March 3, 1904:   “SUPT. McMAHON of the Butte has started a new shaft about 200 ft. from the west end of the property.” -  Randsburg Miner

March 19, 1904: “WHITE’S CAMP milled 28 tons at the Red Dog mill last week which resulted in a clean-up of  $650.

“THE BUTTE MINE is having its regular milling this week at the Red Dog.” -  Randsburg Miner

March 26, 1904:  “THE BUTTE finished milling at the Red Dog Friday.  The clean up for this month amounted to $4300.

“MESSERS. SHIPSEY & MONTGOMERY have taken a lease out on the Hector, one of the claims of the Ashford Mining Co.” -  Randsburg Miner

April __, 1904: “THE APRIL CLEANUP of 85 tons from the Butte resulted in a brick of $4900.  The ore was milled at the Red Dog.” -  Randsburg Miner

April 16, 1904: “THE RED DOG begin milling ore from White’s camp today.  Mr. White will erect a commodious dwelling at the mine, the lumber being already on the ground.” -  Randsburg Miner

May 14, 1904:  “WHITE’S CAMP had its regular milling at the Red Dog this week.  26 tons being milled $650.  The residence now being erected by Mr. White at the mine will soon be finished.  It will be a very comfortable dwelling when completed.” -  Randsburg Miner

July 23, 1904:  “THE STANFORD Mining and Milling Company owns what is known as the Red Dog Mill at Johannesburg.  It is equipped with ten stamps and a 40 horse power boiler, a 25 horsepower Atlas engine, and cyanide tanks.  The mill does considerable custom work, besides working the ore from the two claims owned by the company in the Stringer district, one mile east of Randsburg.  The names of the claims are the Stanford and the Gold Coin.  The officers of the company are: Mr. F. D. Mann, president and manager; Mr. F. V. Layton, vice-president; Mr. J. W. Montgomery, secretary; Messrs. F. Griffith, M. T. Mann, J. G Mossin and F. S. Hicks are directors.” -  Randsburg Miner

March 25, 1911: “OPERATION AT BUTTE MINE RESULTING IN GOOD PRODUCTION – Red Dog Mill crushing of first mill run being made by Ed Shipsey, the new lessee.  Equipment for handling ore being installed.  Cook and Zachry also mining ore on Butte Hill.” -  Randsburg Miner

August 24, 1912:  “SIXTY-FIVE TONS of ore are being hauled from the Good Hope mine, one of the properties of the Consolidated Mines Company, to the Red Dog mill.  Shipping commenced Wednesday and a clean-up is expected next week.  The ore will average about $80.00 per ton and has been extracted from the 250-ft. level, where an exceptionally high-grade vein was uncovered a few days ago, specimens of which show free-gold in profusion.  The property is destined to become one of the record producers of the camp.” -  Randsburg Miner

September 14, 1912:  “ABOUT SEVENTY TONS of ore are being hauled from the Santa Ana mine in the Stringer District to the Red Dog mill at Johannesburg and a clean up is expected some time next week.  Some of the ore that is being hauled is very high grade, assaying as much as $1,000 per ton in gold and all of the ore will average decidedly better than $100 per ton.

“Most of this ore has been taken from the 250-ft. level west of the shaft, and the leasers expected to extract $100,000 from this very stope, but a fault was encountered in the west end of the ledge and work at that point has been discontinued.  At present the leasers are drifting east of the shaft following the same vein and are also engaged in stoping on the 300 ft level where a rich stringer from 5 to 12 inches in width was discovered, the ore from which assayed about $30 per ton.  C. G. Illingworth, Roy Baker,

Jesse Jewett, and Wm. Atkinson secured the lease a year ago, and the outlook for a continuous high production from mine was never better that at present time.” -  Randsburg Miner

November 10, 1912: “A CLEAN UP WAS MADE recently at the Red Dog mill at Johannesburg from a
run of 25 tons of ore extracted from the Teagle-Lamberson lease on theKing Solomon. The ore plated more than$40 per ton and yielded a brick of$1,100 This ore was extracted from the 75 and 125 foot levels. The ore shoots are holding out well and a large production can be expected from
this lease. —San Francisco Call

March 22, 1913: “FIVE AND ONE QUARTER TONS of ore from the Hector, one of the claims of the King Solomon group, is being milled at the Red Dog mill at Johannesburg.  Al. Sanderson has been leasing on this property for some time.  A clean-up will be made today.” -  Randsburg Miner

Red Dog Mill

Red Dog Mill - E.E. Teagle Collection in Rand Desert Museum

August 12, 1913: “SEVERAL CLEAN-UPS FROM KING SOLOMON GROUP—This camp is certainly coming into its own this summer as seen by the present activity.  The King Solomon group of mines continues to attract the most attention.  A clean up was made Thursday at the Red Dog Mill from a milling of 45 tons of ore from this mine.  The ore averaged $80 a ton, the recovery being a gold brick valued at $2,700.

“This ore was extracted from a block of ground operated by Ed Shipsey.  Both hoists are now running and considerable ore is being extracted from the Lamberson shaft.

“ANOTHER CLEAN-UP was made Thursday at the Red Dog from 10 ½ tons of ore which were extracted from a block of ground operated under lease by Jack Nosser, John Appadoca, and Thos. Murphy.  $1,140 was the result of the clean up.  The average being $110 per ton.  This lease is looking good and stoping will be continued as soon as the shaft is completed to the 250-foot level.” -  Randsburg Miner

1915: The Red Dog custom mill, about 1/2 mile southwest of Johannesburg, handles ore from  the Rand District.  The plant is  owned by Stanford Mining and Reduction Company of Los Angeles, and consists of ten stamps, cyanide plant and one Standard concentrator, operated by steam and electricity.” — Mines and Mineral  Resources of the counties of Fresno, Kern, Kings,… Walter Wadsworth Bradley, G.  Chester Brown, F. L. Lowell, Roy Parmalee, California State Mining Bureau 1915

April 19, 1915:  “RED DOG –The cyanide plant is now in operation with a force of ten men.  The custom mill is handling ore from the numerous leasers and is always busy.”  –Bakersfield Californian

April, 23, 1915: “MERCED PROPERTY – Near the Sunshine, has acres of dumps showing considerable underground workings.

“It has been a steady customer of the Red Dog custom mill at Johannesburg, hauling the high grade and leaving that of lesser value on the dumps.

“One of the mines that could contribute hundreds of thousands of tons of low grade ore for a modern custom or individual mill.” -  Randsburg Miner, Randsburg Commemoration Number

1917: THE RED DOG MILL at Johannesburg, operated by A. F. Hazeltine, representing H. L. Hollis of Chicago, also ceased operations during the year.  It had bought many small lots of ore.”  – Mineral Resources of the United States U. S. Geological Survey

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