Mines Like This Aren't Supposed To Be In California

Mines Like This Aren't Supposed To Be In California

The title of this video is a nod to those that say that all of the abandoned mines in Southern California have been sealed up by the government or plundered by “collectors” to the point that they are just featureless holes in the ground… They have not. And the impressive mine in this video is proof of that, despite abandoned mines like this not supposedly not existing in Southern California anymore. These abandoned mines are not unicorns. They are still out there. Yes, one must work much harder to find them now in such places, but they are still out there. We can only marvel at the golden age of mine exploring in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s when such abandoned mines were everywhere…

For a mine of this size, there is surprisingly little information available on it. Part of this is due to the fact that, unlike states such as Nevada or Arizona that have digitized their archives and made them available to the public, California has done nothing with their historical archives other than make them extremely difficult to access. Many of them are in Sacramento, but others are scattered across the state and one must be credentialed to simply review them in many instances. Naturally, even if any of them have been digitized, none of these have been made widely accessible to the public. It’s California. What can I say?

However, even with the obstacles presented by the Golden State taken into account, there is still surprisingly little information available on this mine. Once you’ve seen how large and impressive this mine is, I think you’ll agree that that is somewhat odd.

What I have uncovered seems to indicate that this was primarily a lead and silver mine, with copper, gold and zinc also being present in small, but rich quantities. Works appears to have started in the early 1900s and continued into the 1950s.

Credit for the discovery of this site goes to Mine Explorers (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxhNU-gNyPq2lXA7JhLB90Q)


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You can see the gear that I use for mine exploring here: https://bit.ly/2wqcBDD

As well as a small gear update here: https://bit.ly/2p6Jip6

You can see the full TVR Exploring playlist of abandoned mines here: https://goo.gl/TEKq9L

Thanks for watching!


Growing up in California’s “Gold Rush Country” made it easy to take all of the history around us for granted. However, abandoned mine sites have a lot working against them – nature, vandals, scrappers and various government agencies… The old prospectors and miners that used to roam our lonely mountains and toil away deep underground are disappearing quickly as well.

These losses finally caught our attention and we felt compelled to make an effort to document as many of the ghost towns and abandoned mines that we could before that colorful niche of our history is gone forever. But, you know what? We enjoy doing it! This is exploring history firsthand – bushwhacking down steep canyons and over rough mountains, figuring out the techniques the miners used and the equipment they worked with, seeing the innovations they came up with, discovering lost mines that no one has been in for a century, wandering through ghost towns where the only sound is the wind… These journeys allow a feeling of connection to a time when the world was a very different place. And I’d love to think that in some small way we are paying tribute to those hardy miners that worked these mines before we were even born.

So, yes, in short, we are adit addicts… I hope you’ll join us on these adventures!



  1. zach lawson on June 7, 2023 at 10:12 pm

    EX coal miner here. I didn’t hear you mention this, but I wanted to share my perspective on the timbers built like a cage in the beginning. I would typically see those placed at natural fault lines. When you pass threw a fault line( litteraly huge cracks in the rocks) , it would typically be one of the more dangerous areas in the mine. Sometimes there is enough space to make the fault cave like after the roof falls. The cage was typically built for some support and light protection.

  2. charlee mcwhirter on June 7, 2023 at 10:13 pm

    what were they mining for in this cave?

  3. derrobbster on June 7, 2023 at 10:15 pm

    I explored many similar mines when I lived in the southern part of the mother load. It was amazing how well preserved most of them were. I learned that many of the smaller operations were simply shut down because of WW2. Nice video. Thx.

  4. SirWulfrick on June 7, 2023 at 10:16 pm

    Clickbait. Not a single unicorn in the video.

  5. The Joseph Colin Experiment on June 7, 2023 at 10:17 pm

    Y’all ever find nuggets of gold or anything? As a fledgling knife maker i’d love to walk off with a pick to make a knife from. :" be safe.

  6. Lori A on June 7, 2023 at 10:17 pm

    You sound a lot like Christine Slater Lol…. Nice video. Good descriptions and educated information. Thanks!

  7. Tom Stanley on June 7, 2023 at 10:17 pm

    this cave you can see some one went back in and chipped the walls looking for something? gold modern two by fours

  8. Six sacks on June 7, 2023 at 10:18 pm

    If u still check your comments plz drop the location of the mine so that we can experience the same as u did

  9. bassist21685 on June 7, 2023 at 10:19 pm

    I’m a Southern Californian! I’d love to know the coordinates of this one! Exploration and preservation are key for mines like this! My wife and I love exploring Johnson valley to death Vally and california city! We live in Ventura.

  10. Tom Stanley on June 7, 2023 at 10:19 pm

    and notice the end when you look down in the pit all that is wood structure petrified wood alot of it retains the brown wood color

  11. Sitting Duc on June 7, 2023 at 10:19 pm

    Google has "Adventures of a Girl Tramp" (no ‘Strange’) going back to 1914; for your newspaper after 09:15

  12. Derek Smith on June 7, 2023 at 10:20 pm

    Please excuse my ignorance, recently new viewer, but do you know why they quit working these mines that you explore? If it’s because the mine is no longer producing and no longer profitable, then why don’t they at least take out their equipment? Seems to me it would be several thousand in scrap value alone.

  13. Tom Stanley on June 7, 2023 at 10:20 pm

    notices the white on the walls thats what they follow

  14. Robert Benedict on June 7, 2023 at 10:21 pm

    Did this in the u p mi. In the 70 s it was cool.

  15. Emery plays on June 7, 2023 at 10:22 pm

    You and ghost town living so need to link up

  16. Boris Be loud us on June 7, 2023 at 10:22 pm

    Aren’t these old mines full of faraway shadows darting around corners? Or what about the stale dirty air that lingers from rain and quakes?

  17. Davidautofull on June 7, 2023 at 10:24 pm

    14:22 "not sure what that is", its a door to another dimension. come in. relax. sit.

  18. Harrick V Harrick on June 7, 2023 at 10:25 pm

    Doesn’t (or didn’t) the GS in USGS stand for Geological Survey?

  19. The Freakin' Cheat! on June 7, 2023 at 10:27 pm

    Vericose veins, just what I always wanted

  20. Your fat mom on June 7, 2023 at 10:27 pm

    A bud light at 2:22😂

  21. Tom Stanley on June 7, 2023 at 10:28 pm

    lets get a few things straight giant petrified trees cover the earth to many facts now to dispute . fact erbody they all still want gold and its higher than ever ever

  22. Ryan Kiemele on June 7, 2023 at 10:28 pm

    Can we get a city? I ride dirt bikes in the deserts of SoCal. Constantly looking for some

  23. 577 Jersey Customs Adventures on June 7, 2023 at 10:30 pm

    Great find! Return trip!

  24. Six sacks on June 7, 2023 at 10:32 pm

    Plz and thank you

  25. Dalton on June 7, 2023 at 10:32 pm

    I’ve been looking for some cool abandoned mines to explore. Are there any by LA county? Wheres this one at?

  26. 8armdevil on June 7, 2023 at 10:32 pm

    Dude the gimble is really paying off. Its so nice to see everything so smoothly and without excess shake/noise. Thanks for the great video!

  27. Tom Stanley on June 7, 2023 at 10:32 pm

    they figured out the earth was really covered with giant petrified trees like myself recently so they mined the shit out of them . turn to stone

  28. Tom Stanley on June 7, 2023 at 10:32 pm

    all the different colors you see in the caves is from leaching minerals of giant petrified trees minerals make clear, white stone of many colors and coal and gold the gold is always near the clear and white

  29. rubroken on June 7, 2023 at 10:35 pm

    I hope you have a portable atmosphere detector for dead air and explosive gas, any enclosed space can be deadly

  30. Tango One on June 7, 2023 at 10:39 pm

    I have stumbled on a few were I live in Coleville CA. most have been collapsed (probably on purpose) but I have found a few that are vertical shafts that go into blackness.

  31. My Falconry ™️ on June 7, 2023 at 10:40 pm

    Mines like that re all over California

  32. garth miller on June 7, 2023 at 10:40 pm

    Those tanks are accumulators for storing. Air supply.

  33. robinandjenn owens on June 7, 2023 at 10:41 pm

    Dude, those pants could have been a vintage pair of Levi’s worth a lot of money. I was watching a different YouTube channel of mine explorer’s that came across several pair of vintage Levi’s from late 1800’s that where a shit ton of money!! 100s of thousands.

  34. Phillip Hall on June 7, 2023 at 10:43 pm

    Wonder how many were killed in that mine ???

  35. just some bloke on June 7, 2023 at 10:44 pm

    very unique mine right there, but that’s the amazing thing about exploring old mines, each ones different

  36. Six sacks on June 7, 2023 at 10:46 pm

    where is the mine located

  37. Paul Nielsen on June 7, 2023 at 10:55 pm

    Is that gold shimmering in the walls?

  38. RANGER DANGER on June 7, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    what do u supposed the riveted tank was used for, air storage from a compressor outside?

  39. Sgt. Rock on June 7, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    I wish to do this. I thought rock climbing was cool. This is way cooler.

  40. Tom Stanley on June 7, 2023 at 11:07 pm

    stop the video at 30.05 where he says a stope here and shows the little cut out hole see that brown tree structure looks just like wood dont it

  41. LShax on June 7, 2023 at 11:07 pm

    Curious how you avoid/watch out for gasses while exploring mines? Do you have tricks or things to look for?

  42. GentlyUsedOreos on June 7, 2023 at 11:07 pm

    For this being in So Cali going through a multitude of earthquakes; How in the hell did this stay intact as well??? Very amazing!!!!!

  43. Ginger Bread on June 7, 2023 at 11:07 pm

    Love all of your videos. How is the mine coming along. Thank you

  44. Tom Stanley on June 7, 2023 at 11:08 pm

    everything unnatural died in the great flood and turned to stone if you would have told me that 5 years ago i would have thought you were crazy but the evidence way outweighs all the lies

  45. Tyrel Goebel on June 7, 2023 at 11:08 pm

    I’m a land surveyor by trade, I love seeing the survey markings you walk by in the mines.

  46. Dean_W on June 7, 2023 at 11:09 pm

    You gotta get yourself a modern iPhone and do some lidar scans of these mines!

  47. Gold Country Adventure and Exploration on June 7, 2023 at 11:10 pm


  48. Nathan Cruz on June 7, 2023 at 11:10 pm

    Every abandoned mines are very dangerous to all of us.

  49. Tom Stanley on June 7, 2023 at 11:10 pm

    watch my uuuuuuuuuu video play list and telll me giant trees dont exist

  50. Big Ace Films on June 7, 2023 at 11:10 pm

    Hey what’s the green looking rock/minerals on the walls? Looks turquoise.

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