This area is rich in gold mining history. There are several small ghost towns, and old mine shafts all around us. One very interesting place is the ghost town of Tumco. It was also known as Hedges. The town really started booming in the late 1800’s. Gold had been discovered in the mountains and with the railroad coming through here in 1877, more people came to claim there share of the gold in the hills. The town at one point had 500 people living there, which is amazing when you see how small the town area really is.
This is what remains of the hospital that was here.
This is part of where the town was. Those giant metal tanks held cyanide used to get the gold from the stone.
There was a flood several years after the town died out, but the ground still looks like it just happened.
Apparently the town was full of characters of all kinds during it’s heyday. The day we went was 80, and felt hot. To be here in the summer when it’s 120, you would have to be some special kind of character.
There are foundations here and there, that show where buildings used to be.
This is the cemetery. There was another just like this, not too far away. It must have been so very dangerous.
This is two of the mine shafts we saw. There were also some very deep ones that went straight down. These mines produced 200,000 ounces of gold back in the day. That, is a lot!
Probably the most interesting thing was all the antique garbage everywhere. They must have lived on canned food, and stuff in bottles. There are several big piles of tin cans, and broken glass bottles everywhere. There would have been no way to keep food fresh I’m sure.
We did find this buried cow skull. What it was doing out here, and how it lived is beyond me. Probably, it was just brought in and slaughtered for meat.
The town needed water for the people, and to process the gold. A wood pipeline that was 12 miles long brought water from the colorado river. That is honestly amazing if you think about it.
There is still mining going on in the area. Now, they just haul out giant truck loads of dirt to be processed for the gold. Every time we go walking though, everyone is on the look out for that one gold nugget.