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2017 - Trip Report - Four Arrastras?

Four Arrastras?

By: Nelson Miller

I am still in search of a mining historian and engineer who would explain to me the mines, equipment, and oddities we find in the Mojave. In the Clark Mountain area, we recently found four relatively primitive, but very well-preserved, virtually side-by-side Arrastras. The mining in the area seemed fairly modern with use of a bulldozer. Was this an old site, which someone wanted to further explore, or is this someone╒s poor-man╒s version of a four-stamp mill? This is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but seriously, any thoughts? It certainly was interesting, but as you can see I was running out of light and did not really get to examine these in great detail.    ~Nelson