|VISITED||13 December 2003.
Our Dinner: Hamburgers at Middlegate!
June 19, 2020
Our breakfast: Eggs at Middlegate
Our lunch: Burgers at Cold Springs Station
|DIRECTIONS||Highway 50E from Fallon 47 miles to Middlegate and the junction of Highway 361; Turn S on SR361 for 29.6 miles; turn left on local road (SR 844) for 0.5 miles; turn left on local road for 1 mile; turn right on local road for 0.5 miles|
Discoveries here weren't made until late in Nevada mining history, in 1920, with real work beginning about five years later. Silver-lead ore was what drove Quartz Mountain into prominence. The activity even helped revive nearby Broken Hills. By this time in history, the automobile had come into regular use, so many miners used them to get to work, and it was trucks instead of wagons that did much of the freight hauling. Paher says the camp folded after 1926, which seems strange because Nevada Post Offices says the post office didn't open until after 1927. So it's clear we have to figure out what's going on here. Not unlike Broken Hills, there was another similarly named place, the Quartz Mountain mining district, about 12 miles east of Goldfield.
Things are picking up...
The problem with being in the middle of... well... nowhere.
The San Rafael at Quartz Mountain has been a regular shipper throughout the year, but frieght and treatment charges have been so heavy that little profit has resulted, according to a report. A move is now on foot to consolidate the principal properties and finance for a thorough development and building of a mill.
Not to say they didn't have their own brand of entertainment.
The post office had closed by now.
The roads aren't exactly smooth.
And yet, there is still ore to be dug out by deetermined miners.
Quartz Mountain itslef is now being mined-- for its buildings.
Yet it continues to produce.
SAN RAFAEL IN STEADY OUTPUT
1950 and they're still digging. Who knows, maybe they're down there right now?
|POST OFFICE||June 7, 1927 to January 15, 1929|
I wish we had some pictures of Quartz Mountain before we got there, as it looked like it had been a bustling place. While nearby Broken Hills is swept free of debris, Quartz Mountain has quite a few flattened buildings and foundations left. I do think it suffers the same fate at Broken Hills, which is easy access. There is more historical lumber here than almost any site we've visited. Most impressive is the still-standing headframe of the San Rafael Mine. It looks like someone tried to kick the supports over, and I'm glad they didn't succeed.
There is some interesting debris to look at here, and a few cars and car parts, since the age of the auto was dawning at this camp came into being.
As always, dinner at friendly Middlegate Station was superb. Luis had the patty melt and I tried the $8.50 double bacon cheeseburger (it's feed a cold, starve a fever, right?) which is better that anything you can get in town.