Mormon Pioneers

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Re: Mormon Pioneers

Postby mrfish » Sun Jan 03, 2016 10:07 am

Manly Peak, Needle Peak
Here's a hike report that might be of interest:
On the return, we took an alternate ridge which brought us down a different canyon. Old mine tailings and debris, pre-1900 were present at the bottom of the canyon. We came upon the remains of an arrastre. Andy Z told us that the Mormons were among the first to mine the Panamints and used the burro-driven arrastre (a device developed in Mexico) to grind down rocks containing gold ores. The grinding marks were still visible in the stones paving the center and sides of the arrastre.

LINK: http://desertpeaks.org/archives/dps02963.htm
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Re: Mormon Pioneers

Postby Sparky of SoCal » Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:50 am

http://mountainmeadowsmassacre.com/

Todays Mormons make the world a better place. They do more for the fellow man than many others but they do have a dark place in history.
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Re: Mormon Pioneers

Postby dzrtdwg » Sat Oct 08, 2016 9:16 am

Manly Peak, Needle Peak
There are stories about Mormon mines on the slopes and in the canyons of Manly Peak in particular. I don't know a lot about that history, but here's a little something I ran across.
On the return, we took an alternate ridge which brought us down a different canyon. Old mine tailings and debris, pre-1900 were present at the bottom of the canyon. We came upon the remains of an arrastre. Andy Z told us that the Mormons were among the first to mine the Panamints and used the burro-driven arrastre (a device developed in Mexico) to grind down rocks containing gold ores. The grinding marks were still visible in the stones paving the center and sides of the arrastre.

LINK: http://desertpeaks.org/archives/dps02963.htm
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Re: Mormon Pioneers

Postby MojaveMike » Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:07 am

Church: Don't use 'LDS,' 'Mormon' terms
As long as I can remember the preference has been for the use of the full name, but that's quite a mouthful.
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