|Buckingham Camp (Lander Co.)|
40°36'46.7"N 117°04'21.4"W Galena Canyon, NV Quad
Our breakfast: Black Rock Grill, Lovelock
Our dinner: Steaks at the Owl Club, Battle Mountain
Our motel: The Big Chief in Battle Mountain
Our Breakfast: Eggs at Broadway Colt Inn Casino, Battle Mountain
|DIRECTIONS||From Battle Mountain, head south on Broad St. (NV 305) for 5 miles; turn west on local road and head generally NW and W for about 4 miles.|
Active during the 1920's and '30's, Silver was discovered here in 1918. A small camp formed, and in 1926 a 50-ton mill was built, with a 320 HP Bolinder engine and electric generator, which supplied 450 volts to the mine, mill, and camp. In 1929 the mining companies of the district consolidated, and the mill was enlarged to 120 tons. A 4,000 foor tramway was erected to bring ore to the mill. The main mine was the Buckngham mine. Not much ore here, though, and the mill closed in the mid 1930's.
Bolinder was a Swedish large marine engine builder that in the 1920s had 80 percent of the world engine market, says Wikipedia. I don't believe that, but you can if you want. Since Mr. Hall mentioned the engine was 320 HP, I'm guessing it was a Directly reversible Bolinder 'M' type engine with 4-cylinders. This was a "hot bulb" engine,
The Buckingham Mining Company of Nevada has been organized for the operation of the Buckingham group in the basin section, near Battle mountain. A.T. Spencer is President, C.F. Ayer is secretary and treasurer, and C.W. Burge is superintendent. A new hoisting plant has been ordered and the property is to be extensively developed.
Joe Wilkin's team is hauling ore from the Irish Rose mine to the local depot for shipment to the Toulon smelter, near Lovelock, and Wm. Licking's team is hauling ore from the Buckingham mine to the depot for shipment to the American smelter at Salt Lake. Both these producing mines are located at Copper Flat, eight miles to the south of Battle Mountain, says the Battle Mountain Scout.
Good roads to the site-- some mine ruins in the area to check out. I've only made one album of photos of the entire area so when you click on "photographs" below you'll see photos from Galen as well as Copper, Old Battle Mountain, and Buckingham, and click the "Go Back" button you'll return here.