Venturing off the asphalt & down unmarked dirt roads to explore the Cashier Mill, Eureka Mine and Aguereberry Camp in Harrisburg, CA and an unknown mining site near Emigrant Springs.
At first I thought I had stumbled upon the canyon to Barker Ranch where Charlie Manson and his crew were finally arrested but that area is a little further south from here.
The unnamed site (or at least I couldn’t find anything about it) is only a few miles down Emigrant Canyon Road and can be identified by two large water containers on a hill.
Rusted out vehicles from the 30’s and 40’s litter the canyon leading up from the ruins.
The ruins overlook the road that leads to the Wildrose Charcoal Kilns.
Harrisburg was founded by two of the most well-known prospectors in Death Valley history, Pete Aguereberry and Shorty Harris. The two men divided the outcroppings, Pete staked claims on the north side, which became known as Providence Ridge, this included the Eureka Nos. 1-4. Shorty staked claims on the south side, which would become known as the Providence Group.
In August 1909, the Cashier Mill had shipped its first gold bullion, in only two weeks the mill had yielded around $2,000.
In October an additional 5-stamps would be added to the mill.
The Eureka mine entrance, which is closed during wintertime to protect hibernating Townsend’s long eared bats.
View of Aguereberry Camp from the Cashier Mill.
By 1907 the Eureka mine was tied up in a litigation battle that ended in 1909 when Pete got control of the claims. Pete worked at the mine from 1907 until the early 1930s. Except for some help from his nephew in his later years, the Eureka mine was built and worked by Pete alone. Pete died on Nov. 23, 1945. He is buried in Lone Pine, California.
Sweet dreams Pete.
Pete, the man, the myth, the legend.
There’s gold in them hills.
A few modern conveniences.
A room with many views.