Great Sierra Mine Historic Site

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Great Sierra Mine Historic Site
Great Sierra Mine structure 4.jpg
Great Sierra Mine Historic Site is located in California
Great Sierra Mine Historic Site
Nearest city Lee Vining, California
Coordinates 37°55′39″N 119°16′5″W / 37.92750°N 119.26806°W / 37.92750; -119.26806Coordinates: 37°55′39″N 119°16′5″W / 37.92750°N 119.26806°W / 37.92750; -119.26806
Built 1881
Architect Great Sierra Consolidated Silver
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body National Park Service
NRHP Reference # 78000382
Added to NRHP May 24, 1978[1]

The Great Sierra Mine Historic Site preserves the site of the largest mining operation in what would become Yosemite National Park. The mine was located on Tioga Hill on the crest and eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, one of several claims intended to work the Sheepherder silver lode. The Sheepherder lode was discovered in 1860, and rediscovereed by shepherd Thomas Brusky, Jr., who staked a number of claims in the area. In 1881 all of the claims were bought out by the Great Sierra Consolidated Silver Mining Company and established the company town of Dana. Due to the 11,000 foot altitude the town was soon relocated to the bottom of the hill at Bennettville.

After an adit was driven 1784 feet into the side of the hill at an expenditure of $300,000, operations were closed down in 1884. They resumed with modern equipment in 1933, but did not find the Sheepherder Lode, and operations ceased for good.

Today, five stone cabins, a powder house and a blacksmith shop remain. The shafts have collapsed or have been filled in.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "Great Sierra Mine Structure No. 1". List of Classified Structures. National Park Service. 2008-12-09.