|This truck had a straight-6.|
The mill was built by a bull-headed, hard drinking desert rat named Bill Keys. He basically claimed what is now JTNP as his own in the 1930's. He did not get along well with other prospectors in the neighborhood. In 1943, Keys got into a dispute with another prospector named Worth Bagley. Apparently, Bagley wanted access to the Wall Street for the purpose of processing some of his own ore. It is unclear what all was involved in that gentlemanly discussion, but it culminated in Keys killing Bagley in a gun fight. Bill Keys made a headstone for the recently deceased and, asshole that he was, he wrote this on the marker:
"Here is where Worth Bagley bit the dust at the hand of W. F. Keys, May 11, 1943"
|Hard to imagine, but all the following photos were shot inside the lower levels of this 30 foot tall "structure".|
|These 40 pound slugs are the actual "stamps" used in the 2 stamp mill.|
|This is a small side room, added to the overall structure, where the gas powered engine that ran the mill was stored.|
|These were likely used for arsenic and mercury gold ore reduction (leeching). Above the hill that the mill is built into lies the remains of a large water tank, fed by water pumped from a nearby well.|
|You've got to love the craftsmanship behing these wooden wheels.|
|Some of the original belts remain intact.|
|The Baker Iron Works 2 Stamp Mill.|
Above and Below: what was probably a pretty sweet 1936 Dodge back in the day.
P.S.: If you go on this walk, and have very keen eyes (or damn good luck)you can spot some ancient petroglyphs.