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Mining History: Desert Fever

San Bernardino County:

North Sacramento Mountains

In another part of the district, the Ibex Mine, 3 miles southwest of Ibex (Ibis) Siding, attracted a great deal of attention in the late 1880s. The quartz ore was reported to be so rich that gold literally shook out when handled carelessly. In April, 1893, the new Needles Reduction Works started up on ore from the Ibex. By May, 1894, the Ibex had its own ten-stamp mill, situated near the mine, and a well was sunk to supply water for the new mill. In September, a six-day run of the mill yielded $8,400 in gold. The property was idle in 1895, but some mining resumed in 1896. 72

In 1906, an attempt was made to recover placer gold from Klinefelter Wash just east of the Ibex. Operators even shipped in engines and pumps, but their efforts did not prove rewarding. 73

Northeast of Goldbend (see the next section) while that camp was drawing attention late in 1909, the Kane Copper Company”‘resumed” operations at the Josie K. Mine. Even though they boasted of an 87-foot shaft, little work was done subsequently. However, gold found near this mine early in 1908 by Mr. C. E. Kane did attract some attention. 74



ecology: wildlife - plants - geography: places - MAPS - roads & trails: route 66 - old west - communities - weather - glossary
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