McCracken Mine Road

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Wikieup, Arizona (Mohave County)
Last Updated: 04/23/2023

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McCracken Mine was discovered in 1874 by Jackson McCrackin and "Chloride Jack" Owen and mined by several companies before closing for the last time in September of 1985. Ore from this silver and lead mine was sometimes processed onsite. But because of lack of water, most ore was hauled to Signal or a few miles south of Yucca to Mindy Mill. The concentrates were processed all over the place, from Greenwood 12 miles north of Signal, San Francisco, El Paso and Midvale, and even B.C. Canada. Several old stone cabin remains. The trail offers great views and a vast expanse of desert to explore. There's something for everyone out here. You just need to get out and look. This remote stretch of desert is home to annual dark sky events where stargazers set up their telescopes and enjoy the lack of pollution from the city lights. With the nearest highways and train tracks over 20 miles and a mountain range away, the only distraction will be the spotty cell service.
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