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So, you gave Switchback another try. Kind of made me homesick.

August 31, 2021 06:50AM avatar
Only a little Mine Info for readers:

Name: Several mines in the vicinity. Renamed the nearby townsite 'Switchback'.

Elevation: 5,000 - 5,250 Feet

Primary Mineral: Zinc, Gold, Silver, Arsenic, Lead

Commodity:
Primary: Zinc
Primary: Gold
Primary: Silver
Primary: Arsenic
Primary: Lead

Materials:
Ore: Tetrahedrite
Ore: Gold
Ore: Sphalerite
Ore: Pyrite
Ore: Galena
Gangue: Ankerite
Gangue: Quartz

Discovery and First Production was in 1901.

Mine produced an estimated $2,322,092 from 1901 to 1914, and produced 1,222 tons in 1934.

Thanks to your post, and Darby's and others that followed, I ended up spending the last five hours since I woke up about 1:20 AM, looking up more information about various mines, and old town sites, such as 'Switchback', Yes, I got a little 'homesick' after looking at old photos aerial maps and sure wish I was younger and healthier again to be able to camp out for a few days and work some of those old places.

Your photos showed pleasant-looking weather, a couple of relaxing pooches, a neat camouflaged insect, a nice find that appears to be a tool tag, and naturally I spotted a workaholic Nokta FORS unit. Late yesterday I refreshed the batteries in my FORS CoRe and FORS Relic when I also put fresh batteries in another FORS Relic that arrived from Joel. Those Nokta devices will be put to work in some demolished rubble and an already iron-littered site here in town this coming weekend. At least the trees will provide some shade and make me think of similar conditions like you just enjoyed.

I did find out some information I'll be e-mailing that might hint to another place or few to hunt that you passed by or were in the general area. After the blistering summer that you had this year it's kind of hard to imagine that area may be snow covered in 2-2½ months. I hope your and the others shave another opportunity or two to get out again soon.

Congrats on the finds.

Monte

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Give Switchback a shot... Attachments

OregonGregg 181 August 30, 2021 06:22PM

OregonGregg, question about your find?

Utmike 80 August 31, 2021 05:05PM

Re: OregonGregg, question about your find?

OregonGregg 57 September 02, 2021 05:49PM

My eyes like everything else are going, but

Elbert 72 August 31, 2021 12:09PM

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OregonGregg 82 August 31, 2021 03:30PM

Re: My eyes like everything else are going, but

jmaryt 66 September 04, 2021 12:17PM

Sucks getting old - But don't take away my grumpiness, it's all that's left N/T

UtahRich 41 September 05, 2021 02:54PM

Good camo. thumbs up N/T

Elbert 67 September 01, 2021 10:51AM

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D&P-OR 84 August 31, 2021 10:54AM

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Elbert 75 August 31, 2021 12:10PM

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D&P-OR 69 August 31, 2021 01:14PM

Del, glad you and Patsy got out and made some finds.thumbs up

Monte 63 August 31, 2021 11:04AM

So, you gave Switchback another try. Kind of made me homesick.

Monte 71 August 31, 2021 06:50AM

Kind of made me homesick.

OregonGregg 67 August 31, 2021 08:45AM

thinking ... confused smiley ... thinking → → Giving it some thought.

Monte 95 August 31, 2021 10:59AM

There's No Place Like Home -

UtahRich 70 September 03, 2021 12:20AM

"There's No Place Like Home" - - - True, but only if:

Monte 62 September 03, 2021 07:46AM

Re: thinking ... confused smiley ... thinking → → Giving it some thought.

D&P-OR 62 August 31, 2021 11:05AM

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Goondock 113 August 30, 2021 10:37PM

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Elbert 58 August 31, 2021 12:13PM

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Utmike 60 August 31, 2021 11:37AM

Re: Give Switchback a shot...Gooddock won that round

Kickindirt 62 August 31, 2021 09:22AM

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OregonGregg 59 August 31, 2021 07:58AM

Congratulations! The finds were very fitting for the ..

Monte 62 August 31, 2021 07:00AM

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