China Lake

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Re: China Lake

Postby deathvalleyjake » Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:27 am

Great Divide Mine, Argus Peak, Argus Mts (Argus Range)
Here's the location.
A former Au-Fe-Cu mine located in sec. 12, T23S, R42E, MDM, 4.5 km (2.8 miles) NNW of Argus Peak (coordinates of record) (approximately 1.7 miles SW of Quail Spring; approximately 2.8 miles SW of the Ruth Mine; and approximately 2.5 miles SE of Birchum Springs), on military reservation land (China Lake Naval Ordnance Test Station). Discovered in 1940 by Mr. John B. Hovis.

And this is what you should see if you were to visit.
Workings include underground openings with an overall depth of 3.66 meters. The shaft is inclined at approximately 75W and looks as though it opens up approximately 10 feet into the shaft. Possibly a second level as indicated by a change in dip of a 3 inch galvanized air line. Workings are unsafe. A wooden platform with a hoist above the shaft is badly decayed.
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