Metzger Mine (9.0 Miles)
an 800-foot trail to the mine entrance.
After most of the placer sites were staked,
gold-bearing quartz veins were discovered in the hills to
the north and down through Jacoby Gulch to the east.
The vein the miners followed when they dug this
underground horizontal passage, or hardrock drift, is
still visible above the mine entrance.
Lode claims could not be worked without heavy
machinery, so a wagon road became essential.
The miners pledged $1,500 and a road was cut by Jed
Van Dusen down through
connecting with the “new” toll road in
Soon after, a wagon hauled in a four-ton boiler to
power the first quart mill.
The trip took 27 days from
A second shot
at the Metzger Mine entrance.
am standing at the entrance to the path to Metzger Mine.
There is a unique tree limb holding the site
like a giant sling shot!
photo is from the last trip to Metzger Mine.
We were walking and talking along this gentle path
when I began to hear a “noise.”
I said “shhhh” to my husband so I could better
hear what seemed to be a steadily growing sound.
The moment we stopped walking and stood to listen we
realized what the growing sound was…an agitated swarm of
bees or hornets. I
have been past bee hives in the mountains before and
enjoyed the gentle buzz of the busy bees, but this was no
gentle buzz. We
immediately turned around and quick as we could headed
back to the car. The
sound of the buzzing followed us part way back and I had
one of the buzzers check me out and then we all parted our
ways relieved we didn’t go around the bend and meet the
agitated buzzers head on!
1. Holcomb View Trail - 2.
Last Chance Placer
Wilbur's Grave (Not on the tour)
3. Two Gun Bill's Saloon - 4. Jonathan Tibbett's
Grasshopper Quartz Mill
5. Hangman's Tree - 6. Original Gold Diggings -
7. Belleville - 8. Arrasters
9. Ross' Grave - 10. Pygmy Cabin Site - 11.Metzger Mine
12. Gold Mountain A.K.A. Lucky Baldwin Mine