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Mining History: Desert Fever

San Bernardino County:

Paradise Mine

In 1888, large deposits of gold ore were known to exist at Paradise. The ore was reported to pay $10 per ton even though it had not been developed to any extent. By 1920, the Olympus Mine was well established. Paradise Springs, 2 1/2 miles away, supplied water for the mine. There was a gasoline driven ten-stamp mill at the mine. In 1922, a fifty ton capacity Victory ball mill was in the process of being installed. The hoist for the incline shaft was driven by a gasoline engine as there was an Ingersoll-Rand compressor on the property. 296



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