I had the privilege of visiting an active/working mine site that connects to the Kokoweef and Crystal Caves that has a bit of history and mystery.... as the story goes: " A legendary large cavern supposedly exists below Kokoweef Peak in southwestern California. Earl Dorr, a miner and prospector, followed clues given to him by Indians. He entered a cave in the thirties and followed a passage down into Kokoweef Mountain until he attained a depth of about a mile. There, he entered a large cavern which he proceeded to explore for a distance of eight miles. At the bottom of the cavern, a river flowed, rising and falling with the lunar tides, and depositing black sands rich in placer gold along its banks. From this monumental cave, and underground river, they recovered $57,000 in gold at $20 per ounce during a 6-week stay. One day, crazed by fever, Dorr used dynamite to seal shut the entrance to his fabulous cavern, and started a legend that still lures men to seek the fabled wealth below Kokoweef. In 1957 Earl Dorr died as a result of a mining accident, not leaving behind the answer to one of the world's great mysteries ... the secret locations of the Kokoweef River of Gold and its closed entrance."
We also got to see some "recently" abandoned miners shacks, looked down on an open-pit mine from up on a mountain, saw an underground bridge, visit the working Carbonate King Mine. This was a great day of exploring.
This is just a small portion of what I got to see. I got 150 pics up at http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...3&l=dc7df52c6a or http://s1224.photobucket.com/albums/...ua97/Kokoweef/
Here's a couple links that explain more about the history http://kokoweefinc.net/mine.html and http://articles.latimes.com/2006/sep...e-kokoweef11/2
Hope you enjoyed, I know I did.