After leaving High Rock Canyon and the Soldier Meadows Campground, we drove south on the road along the eastern side of the Black Rock Playa. We planned to stop at Double Hot Springs and Hardin City, an abandoned mining town.
The road is in ok condition, but I would only recommend it for high clearance vehicles. There are frequent dips and washes that you often don’t see until you are right on top of them.
We took a detour to Hardin City, an abandoned silver “boom” town located along the Applegate-Lassen Pioneer Trail.
Hardin City was built in 1859 to process silver ore thought to be located in the area. James Hardin collected a rock from the area while traveling along the trail which was claimed to contain silver. An expedition went out in 1858 to find more silver ore. The rumor of silver created Hardin City as a “boom” town for the expected mines.
Unfortunately, no additional silver was ever located. The town abandoned by 1868.
Much of Hardin City was built from the red, orange and black stones in the area.
There isn’t much left of the town after 150 years.
It was an interesting place to visit.
We had a snack before leaving. The entire Black Rock Desert has been really dusty. To limit the amount of dust tracked into our camper, we try to remove the dust on the back of the vehicle before entering. Thank goodness we have an air compressor to speed up the process.