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Mormon Pioneers

Postby CrustyOldFart » Thu Dec 31, 2015 8:49 am

Why Mormons identify with Syrian refugees
Although this video doesn't provide any info about local Mormon pioneers, it does provide a little background about why Mormons came out west to begin with. Many people might not realize that Mormons were among the early miners in the area. I'll share what I know after others share what they know.
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Re: Mormon Pioneers

Postby twister » Thu Dec 31, 2015 9:47 am

crusty: I am aware of a Mormon Peak in the Panamint Range. I think it's near the top of Pleasant Canyon. What I don't know is how the peak got its name, but based on what you've hinted at my guess is that it had something to do with Mormon pioneers. I can't wait to hear more!
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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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