Gold Springs Ghost Mine

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Gold Springs

In early 2004, the Utah Division of Natural Resources and the Department of Oil, Gas, and Mining (OGM) demolished the Jennie Mine and all buildings in Gold Springs Ghost Town. There is nothing left but a pile of trash, leaving a memory of the tyrannical and destructive government organization who do not care for preserving the history that made the west what it is. This site and all the history that was there is gone forever, never to return. Here are photos taken in summer 2004.

These abandoned buildings are located at the Jennie Mine in the Gold Springs Mining District. The Jennie Mine produced 4,000 ounces of gold and 21,000 ounces of silver from 1907 to 1940. The mine is located northwest of Modena".

Please observe and honor the following statement from the owner of the Jennie Mine: "While we don't wish to distract from the historical and cultural values of exploring old mine sites and ghost towns, we would like you to point out to your web site visitors that many old mine sites are on private land (patented mineral claims), and visitors are therefore trespassing. Our Jennie property is in fact on private land. The buildings are getting more hazardous every day, and the old shafts aren't any better. We are in discussions with the Utah Division of Minerals for a rehabilitation program. Let's keep it safe for everyone!"

History

Excerpt from Some Dreams Die by George A. Thompson, Dream Garden Press, Salt Lake City, 1982 and 1999 "Several fine mills were built at Gold Springs, including a modern 100 ton per day plant built by the Jennie Mine. In 1907 two new cyanide type mills were ordered for the mines there. That was the town's downfall, for they were hardly completed when the great financial panic of 1907 struck. Bankrupt mining companies were unable to meet their payrolls. Then store owners quit giving credit, and began boarding up their buildings. Short & Elliott used the last of their company's treasury to hire a special train to bring stockholders to Gold Springs to prove the Jennie Mine was still full of gold ore, but the bankers had no money to loan, and left the Jennie Company broke and Gold Springs a vagrant with no means of support. Out of work miners left town and by 1910 Gold Springs was deserted."

Gold Springs [1] is on the Utah-Nevada border west or Modena. Remarkably intact, the site provides a haunting tour of times past. Exercise common sense as you look around...there are still a number of dangerous open shafts and rickety old buildings.

Gold Springs

These buildings were constructed with very heavy lumber which has kept them standing for more than 75 years. The ground beneath them, however, has moved, settled and eroded, causing the structures to lean and sink. Hence walking though the building is dangerous and is not recommended.

It appears that squatters occupied two of these abandoned homes until the late 1970's, when they must have become uninhabitable. Like the mine buildings, these homes are constructed of sturdy materials, but have been damaged severely by ground movement.

The latest information on the Jennie Mine and the demolition of its mill structure can be found here [2]

Location

37.7846° -114.003° @5600' *LOCATION NOT VERIFIED*

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