I received an unexpected call from Bill during the winter where he invited
me and whomever might be interested in making recommendations on what to do
with the stamp mill and equipment at Goldshot Mine located in Garner
Valley. Of course I jumped on this and sent out an email to various
Clampers letting them know this was up and coming. Bill finally gave me the
date of March 24th to meet with him and tour the site.
A small group of us met and drove to the site where we met Bill. In order
to access the site, you have to drive across private property and then go
through a locked USFS gate, where you drive a few miles to the site. It was
awesome and one of the most pristine sites we've seen in
the Holcomb chapter. The site was established in circa 1910 and was
active until approximately 1970. Primarily gold was mined but we didn't
discuss any other materials that may have been removed during this time.
The area has one old cabin, a vertical and horizontal shaft with numerous
mining equipment and structures including the portable stamp mill seen in
the pictures above. After walking the sight, we recommended that it be left
as it is and made accessible to the public and that we could possibly plaque
it in the future. We didn't think moving the equipment to some museum would
capture the essence of the area. If however, they wanted to move the
equipment, we recommended moving it to the Hamilton Museum in Anza, which is
Bill Sapp, his Director and the property owner of the adjacent land are
scheduled to meet on April 12th and we are invited to attend. Bill will let
me know the meeting details at a later date. If anyone is interested in
joining us, space is limited so we'll have to go on a first call basis.