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Cherry Creek Mine

Postby Ikan Mas » Fri Jun 27, 2014 1:28 pm

A couple of weeks ago when I was in Emigrant Wilderness, we stopped by the Cherry Creek Mine on our way down from Snow Lake to Huckleberry Lake. We took some photos with the intent so do some research on what the mine was like when we got back. The mine ran up until the 1960s and was the source of the road that runs from Leavitt Lake to Horse Meadow and the mine. I believe they were mining tungsten. We were able to find a number of articles on the mine, but only one photo of it in the 90s. Does anyone have any photos of the mine from 20-30 years ago or older? Would like to see them. Curious what the mine building looked like before being hit by multiple avalanches. Must have been a bummer for the mine owner to spend all the trouble of getting up there in the spring only to find the place pushed off the mountain. Anyhow, here's a few photos of what it looks like now.
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Hopper pushed down the hill
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Building platform
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The site
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Ore Car upside down
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Shaft blasted shut
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Generator
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Motor and crusher
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Conveyor(?)



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Re: Cherry Creek Mine

Postby paul » Sun Jun 29, 2014 10:11 am

Can't tell you anything about the mine, but I recall back in the 80's the road was still passable and in fact I saw a pickup truck on the road at High Emigrant Lake. I have also seen some old mining remains - old canvas/rubber hoses and iron bars - up on the ridge above Bond Pass.
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Re: Cherry Creek Mine

Postby venturefar » Sun Jun 29, 2014 10:11 pm

Maybe this will help. Here's a scan of an old geological survey bulletin. The Cherry Creek mine is discussed starting on pg 54 of the pdf. Might be a picture on pg 58.
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Re: Cherry Creek Mine

Postby oldranger » Mon Jun 30, 2014 8:13 am

Venture far

A neat read!

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Re: Cherry Creek Mine

Postby Ikan Mas » Mon Jun 30, 2014 12:38 pm

Thanks, Venturefar. I had somehow missed the photo on page G57 when I looked at that guide.
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Re: Cherry Creek Mine

Postby Vaca Russ » Mon Jun 30, 2014 9:52 pm

Ikan Mas,

If you read HST enough you will always find the answer to your questions. Apparently the mine was owned by Bad Man From Bodie's wife's Uncle "Smokey". :D

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=4707&p=28698&hilit=+tungsten#p28698

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Re: Cherry Creek Mine

Postby mzscapes » Wed Jun 10, 2015 2:11 pm

Hello... I do have an image from 1998 when the ore hopper was still sort-of standing... You can access it at my website >>
http://zscapes.com/mm98sepemigrantpics.html

We were there last year as well and I took many pictures of the remains to catalog for the future... Those pics will be up on my site once I finish a re-design... If you need a copy of the one at the trip page link above, just drop me a note and I will be happy to provide... Cheers...
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Re: Cherry Creek Mine

Postby maverick » Wed Jun 10, 2015 2:18 pm

Hi Mark,

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