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Jackson Mine, Elko County Nevada

Jackson Mines

Hi there and welcome to the newest page on mtnmad.com. I was bored early one Saturday morning so I began a search for a new place to visit. While I was using Google Earth, I came upon a set of mines located just across the border in Nevada that showed some promise. The fotos I did see showed a head frame and some sort of building. I was intrigued by these 2 small fotos so off we went on a spur of the moment run. To get to the Jackson mines you follow Utah State road  30 west from Snowville all the way to the border. Within 20 feet of the actual state line there is a dirt road that heads north. Make your turn and follow this road north. When you reach 41°25'41.86"N 114°02'36.05"W* you take the road going west and follow it till you reach the first mine area. The road into this first mine area is fairly decent, tho I would recommend a high clearance vehicle of some sort. The temperature on this day was 90 and that made the idea of hiking around the mountain in search of more foto ops impossible. OK, not impossible, but I sure as hell wasn't gonna do it. Visiting a new area usually means a ton of research on my part for the facts of said ghost town or mine. Today that didn't happen. This was a blind run and for once it turned out very well. While eating lunch at mine 2 I took advantage of the cell service coming from Montello and began my search for the history of this mine. It was discovered around 1906 give or take a year or two but didn't begin producing till the late 40's or early 50's according to some info out there. Others state it began its life soon after the discovery. That's issue number 1. Number 2 is what was mined there. I have read that this was a lead mine with tiny amounts of gold in the quartz while another article claims it to be an old gold mine. I am not going to do an in-depth research on this because I really don't care. The operation was big enough to have many buildings but too small for an actual town. The important thing to me are the remains that are scattered all over the mountain. I am pretty sure that on a nice day you could spend a good couple of hours at each site just exploring and hiking. As for an actual entrance to mine one, there isn't any. The ground under the mine frame is completely filled in and all other entrances cover by steel grating. There is one exception tho. Mine number 2 has not been back-filled so you could still go down into the mine through there. There is also an entrance 20 feet south that goes in around 25 feet. About halfway in there is an adit that goes strait down about 20 feet. There is an old ladder that at one time was used to get to the bottom, but it is missing various parts and is unsafe. Shining my light down this adit was not enough to see what was going on below. The mine itself is filled with all sorts of poo from who knows what type of animals so going down that way was also nixed. One article I did read stated that they had gone down the main head unit shaft 75 feet using new ropes but quit due to unsafe conditions. So pretty much, the ability to go into either mine is almost 0%. The mine building at mine number 2 was well built in comparison to the building at mine 1. Throughout the area between the 2 mines, there are ruins of buildings and rusted metal scattered all over. The best part of this trip was discovering that there were a lot of ruins still intact and no real signs of any vandalism. I wanna say this is because of its location. The nearest town is Montello which lies 10 miles to the south. It is a small town with a tiny population. The nearest town with any sort of population is Elko and it is over 100 miles away. That being said, its remote location has allowed it to stay in pristine condition. Hell, there were still small gaskets hanging on the wall in one of the buildings. So, if you want to spend a day exploring a good old mining area, this is the place to go. I would do it in the fall or spring to take advantage of lower temps at those times. There is no source water in the area so bring your own. There is cell service for most of the area so should anything happen, help is just a phone call away. This is one area I will be returning to in the future so I can explore it further. 

Lower Jackson Mine

Upper Jackson Mine