On my second journey to the Valley of Death, I came upon some new mining spots that required more exploration.

I've driven by here numerous times but never realized how big these ruins were. These ruins east of Keeler, CA are of a "reverberating" smelter. Smelters were used to "roast" galena ore from the Cerro Gordo mines into bullion bars, approximately 18 inches long and weighing up to 65 pounds depending on the silver content. From here the silver was shipped across the Owens Lake on the steamer Bessie Brady to Cartago and then to Los Angeles or Bakersfield in 14 mule team wagons

I’ve driven by here numerous times but never realized how big these ruins were.

These ruins east of Keeler, CA are of a "reverberating" smelter. Smelters were used to "roast" galena ore from the Cerro Gordo mines into bullion bars, approximately 18 inches long and weighing up to 65 pounds depending on the silver content. From here the silver was shipped across the Owens Lake on the steamer Bessie Brady to Cartago and then to Los Angeles or Bakersfield in 14 mule team wagons

These ruins east of Keeler, CA are of a “reverberating” smelter. Smelters were used to “roast” galena ore from the Cerro Gordo mines into bullion bars, approximately 18 inches long and weighing up to 65 pounds depending on the silver content.

From here the silver was shipped across the Owens Lake on the steamer Bessie Brady to Cartago and then to Los Angeles or Bakersfield in 14 mule team wagons

From here the silver was shipped across the Owens Lake on the steamer Bessie Brady to Cartago and then to Los Angeles or Bakersfield in 14 mule team wagons.

Inside/underneath the smelter.

Inside/underneath the smelter.

On top of the smelter.

On top of the smelter.

It's only a mile or so off the highway and then a little hike.

It’s only a mile or so off the highway and then a little hike.

Old equipment can still be found around the ruins.

Old equipment can still be found around the ruins.

It's massive.

It’s massive.

Brick Hole

Brick Hole

The Underground

The Underground

Smelter frame of Keeler, CA

Smelter frame of Keeler, CA

Brick'd

Brick’d

Helter Smelter

Helter Smelter

Above the smelter overlooking Owens Lake

Above the smelter overlooking Owens Lake.

The lovely town of Keeler.

The lovely town of Keeler in the distance.

Keep Out - Cerro Gordo Mine

Keep Out – Cerro Gordo Mine

I used to never notice mines but now there all I see when driving through these parts of California.

I used to never notice mines but now they’re all I see when driving through this part of California.

There was no old equipment around and no signs, so I'm going in...

Let’s check it out.

Nice

Nice

 

Plenty of room to stand up in.

Plenty of room to stand up in.

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Wood beams began appearing shortly after entering, so it was time to head back out.

Wood beams began appearing shortly after entering and it was getting late, so I decided to back out and put it on my list for a future exploration.

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I found another one near by, trekked up the mountain and snapped this lovely photo of the Panamint Range from inside the mine.

I found another one near by, trekked up the mountain and snapped this lovely photo of a very distant view of the Panamint Range from inside the mine.