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Chris and I spent some time exploring old buildings. I would love to have a time machine to be able to go back in time to see these towns in their hayday.
Another tank. Rivets tell us that it was manufactured before welding became wide spread. Probably before the 1920s.
A small storage shed built into a berm.
We came on this guy quite unexpectedly. Did not see him until he started to move. He never coiled or rattled, just slithered off and found his way down into a hole.
Another view of the mine building.
A beautiful view out across the valley. Beyond the far mountains is the famous Area 51. We didn't see any aliens, but we did hear a few sonic booms.
Yet another safe found amongst the ruins. I believe that we found three of them on this trip.
After we thought we had fully explored the mine workings, Bill found yet another shaft near the top of the hill. In this photo, Ken heads down for a first look.
We had no idea how deep the shaft would be so we staged extra climbing gear part way down. Although the condition of this section of the mine wasn't very good, there were a lot of opportunities to explore some rarely seen areas.

In this picture, Tony watches Matthew descend down to our level.
We don't get a lot of opportunities to see intact mine cars. It was a special treat for all of us.
Dated 1903 and well over 100 years old. It was really neat to find this bit of history.
Ken is never one to leave a space unexplored. Although this area of back fill didn't reveal any hidden treasures, we occasionally get lucky and find some long lost areas of a mine.
Another mine car! This looks like it would have been used to haul lumber. Another treasure on this trip.
Although it's not obvious in the picture, this beam has been chewed up where miners poked their candle holders into it while they worked. A bit of soot is still present. Carbide lamps started to replace candles about the time the mine closed down operations the first time.
Massive pressure.
It won't be long before this section of the mine will be lost to history. Yes, it's a bit spooky to explore these areas.
Fortunately Tony was strong enough to hold up the rocks while we climbed out. Guess we should head back to the mine to see how he's doing....
This is one of the two main winch rooms off the main haulage tunnel.
At the other end of the winch room is the winch founation. The timbers are really large since the weight of the electric motor and winch was massive. It would have been a huge effort to get all the equipment this deep into the mine.
This shaft drops approximately 250 feet. Since it is filled with rubble at the bottom, we have never determined if there is a deeper level beyond what we have explored.
Kris is getting ready to head down. Although there were ladders at one time, they are in very poor shape and many sections are missing.
Parts to an old mine car. We have speculated that it articulated via a "turntable" to allow lumber to be transported around the curved tracks.
Chris is working his way through a collapse into another section of the mine.
Some of the beams are sequentially numbered using Roman Numerals.
A survey point. We find them throughout the mine.
We rarely find metal ore chute gates and even less common for us to find one run by gears. It's always neat to find something different.
We've made many trips to Delamar and found our way into areas of the mine that have been left unexplored for many years. There's more to find, but it's time for us to move on to other mines. Other adventures. I've explored many mines across the south west and Delamr remains one of my favorite.