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2019 - Trip Report - Rondy Eldorado Canyon & Mine Tour

2019 Rondy Eldorado Canyon & Mine Tour

April 6 • Trip Leader: Bill Neill

On Saturday morning during the Rendezvous, our group of 5 vehicles headed south of Boulder City about 15 miles to Eldorado Canyon. Our sign-up sheet listed Bill & Gwenn Neill, Tracy Wood, Lindsay & Michelle Wood, B.J. & Monica Keeling, Brian & Julie Givinan, Ron & Barbara Midlikoski, Debbie Miller & Steve Marschke. Our primary destination was the Techatticup Gold Mine, active before World War I and described by Mignon Slentz’s article in the January DE newsletter.  Our tour guide on Saturday gave an excellent, detailed account of working conditions in the mine, when hand tools and dynamite were used to bore through hard rock, lighted by dim candles, and using flimsy ladders to excavate steep vertical stopes. The mine tour is well worth the $15 admission.

Following lunch at the mine on shaded picnic tables, our group headed 4 miles east to the Colorado River at the upper end of Lake Mojave, then returned via dirt road up Eagle Wash to pavement at the small settlement of Nelson, with short stops to view hoodoos (erosional spires) and cholla. ~ Bill