Tonopah-Belmont Mine

Tonopah, Maricopa Co., AZ

 

On the morning of February 12 I drove in my son-in-law’s truck to the home of Phil Smith, an old friend from the Chicago area who had recently moved to Arizona..Since the ignition switch in the truck I drove was a bit touchy (when I asked my daughter how to get it started, she said “you have to fiddle with it”), we decided to take Phil’s truck on our expeditions.

We took I-10 to exit 103, went north on 339th Ave., west on Indian School Road, and north on Wickenburg Road. At the intersection of Vulture Mine & Aguila Roads we turned southwest on a gravel road that ultimately became a dirt trail and led to the Tonopah-Belmont.

 

 

Belmont Mountain, site of the Tonopah-Belmont Mine.

 

 

One of the adits of the Tonopah-Belmont.

 

There are at least 3 adits to the mine, but all were sealed off with iron bars, so we had to be satisfied with collecting on the dumps, which weren’t very rich in specimen material. Most of the more interesting species were the result of a mine fire, so it would be unlikely to find them on the surface in any case.

 

 

Phil collecting on the dump.

 

On to the next field trip, the Black Pearl Mine.

 

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