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The History Mystery #57

In the Blackhawk Lodge area, there is what appears to be part of a mine or mine airshaft complete with wood timbers.

The tunnel is slanted at a 45-degree angle and is flooded with water about 20 feet from the surface.

E Clampus Vitus (ECV) 41-49 has been working on a project to locate the old Zebra Mine, and several mining publications list that mine as being off Road 8080 up behind O’Neals.

However, several old timers say the mine was off what is now Road 207, and other accounts depicting the stage route identify the Zebra Ranch stage stop northwest of the Blackhawk Lodge, so named because of the Zebra Mine nearby.

Is this site near the Blackhawk Lodge the real location of the Zebra Mine, or the mine airshaft, or another lost and unnamed mine, or possibly the remains of an old well? We would appreciate any insight into this mystery.

Please be aware that mine shafts and tunnels are a hazardous place and people should not try to enter these under any circumstances. These are steep and often full of water – look at a distance but do not enter!

Steve Varner
Grub Gulch Chapter 41-49, E Clampus Vitus

Follow-up on History Mystery #56

In a 1983 interview of Alexander McGilvray (in the book “As We Were Told” put out by the Coarsegold Historical Society) he says “… the Hillside Quarry a mile south of the Knowles Quarry.” (page 184).

Connie Popelish

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