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The Bighorn Mine

Digital-Desert photo tours of
Mt Baden-Powell

Along the Trail
Hike the Pacific Crest Trail to the the top of Mt Baden-Powell with us. Four miles and over a half mile up along the Pacific Crest Trail from Vincent Gap.
The Peak
Hanging around the peak of Mt. Baden-Powell. Elevation 9,399 ft.
Limber Pine Forest
Rare Limber Pines, ancient and enchanted trees that can only exist above 9,000 ft.
Lamel Spring
Small spring emerges from under a rock. Take a peek in and see where it's coming from.
Vincent's Cabin
Tom Vincent's home for well over 50 years.
Along the rugged, nearly vertical east face of Mount Baden-Powell Tom Vincent discovered the gold-bearing quartz vein in 1895 while hunting Bighorn sheep. He worked it a bit but didn't have enough money to develop the mine and soon sold it off to promoters.

The promoters salted the ore and tried to make their fortunes by passing along rumors and stories that the mine was "the richest in the world... Its vein is a mile wide... There is ore so rich it can be sent to the mint without milling."

Gold was found deep within the mountain however, through the years efforts to development the mine never recovered costs.

source - Mines of the East Fork, John W. Robinson (La Siesta Press, 1992)
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