Black Rock Desert – Hardin City, An Abandoned Mining Town – June 1, 2016

Jon standing behind the remains of a mining mill at Hardin City

Jon standing behind the remains of a building at Hardin City

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.

Going south on the road on the east side of the Black Rock Playa. The frequent dips are almost invisible until you are right on top of them.

Going south on the road on the east side of the Black Rock Playa.

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.

The road along the east side of the Black Rock Playa. Near Hardin City.

Near Hardin City. The hill was the source of some of the building materials in the town.

We took a detour to Hardin City, an abandoned silver “boom” town located along the Applegate-Lassen Pioneer Trail.

Views around Hardin City

Views around Hardin City

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.

Views around Hardin City

Views around Hardin City

Unfortunately, no additional silver was ever located. The town abandoned by 1868.

Views around Hardin City

Views around Hardin City

Much of Hardin City was built from the red, orange and black stones in the area.

Remains of mining mill in Hardin City

Remains of mining mill in Hardin City

There isn’t much left of the town after 150 years.

The remains of Hardin City

Building remains at Hardin City

It was an interesting place to visit.

View of Fuso in the background at Hardin City

View of Fuso in the background at Hardin City

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.

Jon blowing dust off on the back of the Fuso.

Jon blowing dust off on the back of the Fuso.

 

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