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Rosario Mine
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Rosario Mine
Rosario Mine
Rosario Mine main adit (right) and workshop (left; view NE)

Rosario Mine

At Rosario Mine, Basin and Range National Monument protects remnants of some of the earliest mining history in southern Nevada. Miners first visited this region in 1866, and in 1867 silver and lead ore at this mine milled at $80 per ton. In 1868, 50 tons of ore yielded $1,920 of silver. The Alameda and Crescent Mining Co. extracted about $20,000 of bullion in these two years. Ore was milled at the nearby Crescent Mill.

In 1925, Rosario Arcuri staked lode claims about 300 yards south of the main workings and worked both sites. Several adits and open diggings are visible here. The workshop, but no equipment, remains at the main adit portal. In 1990, another mining company restaked the site, but never acted on the claims.

Other names: Rosey Mine, Rosie Mine, Tate Property, Rosario Arcuri Mine, List Mine, Moonshiner Claim, Crescent Mine.

Source of historic details: Tingley, J.V. 1991. Mineral Resources of the Timpahute Range 30' by 60' Quadrangle. Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Report 46.

Rosario MineColorful gravels atop the tailings pile

Getting to Rosario Mine

Rosario Mine is located in the southern part of Basin and Range National Monument, about 2-1/2 hours northeast of Las Vegas.

From Las Vegas, drive north towards Basin and Range National Monument. Gasoline is available in Alamo, Ash Springs, and Lund, but not Rachael.

From the intersection of Highway 93 and Highway 318, drive west then north on Highway 318 for 3.1 miles to Logan Canyon Road on the left. The intersection is marked only by a wire fence gate. Drive west on Logan Canyon Road over the pass and down the other side, 12.3 miles, to the east end of Rosario Mine Road, or 12.4 miles to the west end. In case you miss the road, Rosie's Cabin is 12.5 miles out.

Turn right onto Rosario Mine Road and drive up and across the hillside for about 240 yards to the main mine site.

Workshop

Rosario Mine
Workshop (view NE)
Rosario Mine
Workshop (view NNE)
Rosario Mine
Workshop (view NE)
Rosario Mine
Workshop (view SE)
Rosario Mine
Workshop exterior (view S)
Rosario Mine
Workshop interior (view NE)
Rosario Mine
Workshop interior (view NE)
Rosario Mine
Workshop interior (view NE)
Rosario Mine
Workshop exterior (view SE)
Rosario Mine
Workshop exterior; parking garage (view E)
Rosario Mine
Workshop, looking through doorway (view SE)
Rosario Mine
Workshop interior (view SW from doorway)
Rosario Mine
Workshop interior (view SW from NE end)
Rosario Mine
Workshop interior (view SW from middle)
Rosario Mine
Workshop interior (view SW, right side)
Rosario Mine
Workshop interior (view SW, left side)
Rosario Mine
Workshop interior (view SW from middle)
Rosario Mine
Workshop interior, doorway area left (view NE from middle)
Rosario Mine
Workshop interior, doorway area right (view NE from middle)
Rosario Mine
Woodrat nest inside old tire
Rosario Mine
Workshop interior, details
Rosario Mine
Workshop interior, construction details
Rosario Mine
Workshop interior, construction details
Rosario Mine
Workshop interior, construction details
Rosario Mine
Workshop interior, construction details
Rosario Mine
Debris in the trees below the main tailings pile

Main Mine

Rosario MineMain adit (view SE) Rosario Mine
Entrance to main adit (view SE)
Rosario Mine
This is the ore vein the miners followed
Rosario Mine
Lockable doorway in the main adit (view SE)
Rosario Mine
So much for the lock (view SE)
Rosario Mine
Main adit with tracks and pipes (view SE)
Rosario Mine
More ore in the wall of the adit
Rosario Mine
Ore in the wall of the adit
Rosario Mine
Ore in the wall of the adit
Rosario Mine
Small chamber on the left
Rosario Mine
Approaching wooden structures above winze
Rosario Mine
Looking under the wooden structure
Rosario Mine
Chamber to the right of the winze probably held diesel equipment
Rosario Mine
Top of equipment chamber (right of the winze)
Rosario Mine
Top of equipment chamber (right of the winze, view left)
Rosario Mine
Top of equipment chamber (right of the winze, view right)
Rosario Mine
Top of equipment chamber (left of the winze)
Rosario Mine
Under the wooden platform, looking towards equipment chamber
Rosario Mine
Wooden stepladder to access top of platform
Rosario Mine
Hatch in the wooden platform giving access to ladder below
Rosario Mine
Hatch in wooden platform (looking straight across)
Rosario Mine
Hatch in wooden platform (looking slightly down)
Rosario Mine
Hatch in wooden platform (looking into winze)
Rosario Mine
Hatch in wooden platform (looking down winze)
Rosario Mine
Beyond wooden platform, miners blocked off adit - must be bad!
Rosario Mine
Entrance (view NW from the wooden platform)

Northern Mines

Rosario Mine
Adit at northern mine (view N from main tailings pile)
Rosario Mine
Tailings pile for northern mine (view NW)
Rosario Mine
Atop tailings pile (view E along Rosario Mine Road)
Rosario Mine
Adit (view N into open trench)
Rosario Mine
Open trench or collapse (view NW)
Rosario Mine
Top of open trench and mine entrance (view NW)
Rosario Mine
Bottom of open trench and mine entrance (view NW)
Rosario Mine
More to come ...

Western Mine at end of Spur Road

Rosario Mine
End of road below tailings pile (view NW)
Rosario Mine
Atop tailings pile
Rosario Mine
Last load of ore? (view N)
Rosario Mine
Last load of ore?
Rosario Mine
Adit
Rosario Mine
Inside the tunnel (the back is the end)

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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