Paymaster Mine Road

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Baker, California (San Bernardino County)
Last Updated: 06/13/2022

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Paymaster Mine Road is in the western corner of the 1,542,776 acre Mojave National Preserve which leads to its namesake, Paymaster Mine. The Paymaster Mine, discovered in 1900 on the slope of Old Dad Mountain, produced some $75,000 worth of gold between 1910 and 1914 but closed during the great depression. The last 100 feet of the road has degraded and is now impassible by vehicle, but a short hike uphill over the road's remains will take you to the mine entrance. Once there, you can explore the remnants of structures, machinery and glimpse down the single mineshaft. A steel gate closes the entrance, but large openings between the bars allow you to peer down the solid rock tunnels that disappear into the darkness revealing a small section of the 2000 feet of underground workings.
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