John Lear Photo Gallery
Cutthroat Mine
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John and Ron (Zorgon) in front of the maintenance shed
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John and Ron (Zorgon) in front of mining equipment from the 1800's collected from various digs in the region

Grapevine Springs
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The big rock in the center from the right angle looks like a Native head. I will get pictures on the next trip up there. Below the head lies a trail up a few thousand meters. Here there are many native sights with cooking areas and arrowhead chips. There is also a Spanish Arista, one of three in the region. This one is a ring of flat stones with a wooden pole in the center. You tied a donkey to a rope and the donkey would drag a large stone with a hole in it around the circle to crush the ore. The stub of the pole, the stone circle and two drag stones are still intact, The Spanish used the natives to mine the gold. There is a long standing rumor of a treasure vault left by the Spaniards in these hills, expecting to come back. Another mountain top not visible from this angle has a carving of a turtle with no legs as a 'marker'

John has worked with the BLM, UNLV and the State of Nevada to document all the interesting sites from Early man, through Native and Spaniards, to the late 1800 early 1900 gold mining in the Gold Butte area of Nevada. We will have that available soon

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This is the brand new walnut Woofer table that acts like a giant gold pan. It vibrates as the crushed ore from the ball mill flows onto the table.


Treasure Hawk Mine
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Ore Crusher and conveyor belt to ball mill (in shadows)
Credit: rrjmd
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Credit: rrjmd
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Roller Ball Mill Balls - Treasure Hawk #4 Mine
Credit: rrjmd
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Assay Shack - Treasure Hawk #4 Mine
Credit: rrjmd
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Small Ball Mill shortly before removal
Credit: rrjmd

 
 
Nevada Excellence in Mine Reclamation Awards Year Company Project ...

2000  Cutthroat Mining Corp. - Treasure Hawk Mine Site Restoration - Small Operation

http://minerals.state.nv.us/news/NVExcelInMineReclam.pdf



DIVISION OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION October 26, 2005 NOTICE OF ...

WATER POLLUTION CONTROL PERMIT
NUMBER NEV2000102
Cutthroat Mining Corporation
Treasure Hawk No. 4 Mine
October 26, 2005

http://ndep.nv.gov/docs_04/nev2000102a_p05.pdf

Directions and Map to Cutthroat Mine from John's House
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Sign heading into the Region... now a Preserve
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Satellite View of Mine and Area
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Lower end of Treasure Hawk property... this was the most recent adit still worked. Credit: rrjmd
Cutthroat Mine
End of an Era
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The Old Mill and Assay House
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The Old Mill and Assay House
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The Lone Water Tank... left behind when we removed all the other equipment of value
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Looking to the Cabin... the old workshop and store house.
The cabin was still standing last time I was up there in May 2010
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The "7-11"... the food and utility storage area. There was a huge water tank above it that fed the property filled from the well (The well was actually old mine shafts that had filled with water)
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Looking from the cabin towards the main mine buildings
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The Cutthroat Mining Corporation sign that was on the workshop
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View from processing building toward tailing pond and building foundations from early operations. Barrel on left was diesel for the generator that has been removed recently. Upper right you can see two dynamite shacks in the background. Click image for closer view. At the time this was taken the dynamite was still in there. Had to wait for cooler temperatures to bring it out of the mountains. Credit: rrjmd
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A makeshift toilet by the demo team from some of the stuff John left behind... not much on privacy

 
The demolition team had built a small shelter. They had spent some time hunting crystals from the mine. This is my daughter Raquel picking up some of the leavings. This cover and pad was the oil fuel dump area
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The Lone Survivor... an old Pomegranite Tree hat has sunk a tap route deep into the old mine shafts below to get it's water. I plan to visit next year for some photos of the area and will see if they left it 
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