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LOTUS MINE CALIFORNIA
And Carl Mengel

Unoccupied
Historic Mining Camp
Inyo County Circa 1935

The Lotus Mine originated by the mining efforts at the Keystone Mine then owned and worked by local area prospector Carl Mengel, a die hard Panamint Mountain miner. His Keystone Mine located on the opposite side of the mountain, it is evident that the Lotus experts chose the opposite mountain side to reach his ore, sinking several tunnels. In 1935 Mengel sold majority shares of his claim to the Monte Cristo Mines who expanded the operation to include 6 separate claims. Shortly after the mines and Mengelís partnership were sold to Lotus Mines of Burbank California.

Viewing the site today, one could inspect the remains of an extensive aerial tram system; several mine buildings, lots of modern era machinery and equipment and several tunnels.

Carl Mengel was born in 1868 and settled at a spring that would later bare his name in 1912. There he refurbished a cabin left by Mormon Prospectors who abandoned their efforts in 1869. Here at the Panamint Mountains located west of Death Valley he would stake it all; a second shot following his misfortune in Nevada, where he lost his leg to a mining accident. He spent the next 32 years hidden in the washes and deep canyons, searching for ore and associating with other charismatic and historic characters, Death Valley Shorty, and Pete Augeberry. His first claim was purchased and called The Oro Fino located in Goler Wash. He later founded the Keystone mine high above Goler. Unfortunately his toils never paid off, and Mengel died a poor man in 1944 of Tuberculosis. His ashes and prosthetic leg are buried a top Mengel pass at a memorial within the Death Valley National Park.


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Keystone Mine

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Lotus Mine buildings

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Mengel Cabin

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Modern equipment left in the Lotus Mine

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More recent tunnel at Lotus Mine

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Road beyond Guler Wash



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