Dale Mining District
Friday – Sunday, June 2-4
Leader: Nelson Miller
Exploration of the Dale Mining District, east of 29 Palms. We will visit the town sites of Old Dale and New Dale, a couple of mill sites, and possibly a dozen different mines, most of which also had mill sites associated with them. There appear to be large structures still standing at several of these sites. Most of the mining in the Dale District occurred from 1883 into the 1920’s. Mines of the High Desert, by Ronald Dean Miller, describes the mines, people and history of this mining district. It is available at the Mojave River Valley Museum in Barstow, or online through Amazon. This book is dedicated to Fred Vaile who was known as the last of the old-time burro prospectors. Coincidently, Fred Vaile graduated from Pomona College, as did both Bill Mann and I, albeit decades apart.
Vehicles with high clearance and low-range, 4- wheel drive are required for this trip. Meet in the parking lot behind the 29 Palms Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center at 73484 Twentynine Palms Highway (Highway 62) at 1:30 PM on Friday. Enter the parking lot from Desert Queen Avenue, next to the Arco Station. This is five blocks west of Adobe Road, which is the main entry road for the Marine Corps Base.