Mojave River Valley Museum
GOLD IN INYO COUNTY
The Bank panic of 1873 brought a depression to the West. In California it was first felt hard when the Bank of
California closed it's doors August 26, 1875. Panamint, Darwin and Lookout lasted through this dark period, in
spite of the world decline in the price of silver. The discovery of new ore bodies on the Comstock in early 1874
served to bolster these desert camps as well, each of which was considered a second Comstock.
Gold, traditionally strong during depression periods, was being sought in Inyo County by the time the silver
camps were reaching their peak production in 1877.
Probably the most inaccessible gold-producing district in Inyo County, and also its most productive, has been Beveridge. Wood was scarce, and no natural wide pathways existed to make it easy to haul the ore out and supplies in. Yet the gold was there, and ...
Charles Anthony and John Lampier located the Panamint Valley Mine on July 27, 1893. This mine, also known as the Anthony, Gold Bug, and Knob Mine, is located 31/2 miles east of the Post Office Spring in Post Office (now Pleasant) Canyon. A small camp sprang up ...