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ORPHAN ANNE MINE CALIFORNIA
She had a nice view of the Last Chance

Unoccupied Historic Mine Site
Kern County
Circa early 1900's

The Orphan Anne Mine is situated high above the Last Chance Canyon, offering a spectacular view of Bickel Camp below. On the surrounding hillside are two shafts and the remains of a single deteriorating wood cabin. According to mine records the prospectors here attempted their way at a copper vein by way of a 50 foot main shaft and a 150 foot offset shaft. A crosscut adit was driven from the bottom of a small canyon ¼ mile east in an attempt to intercept a poorly exposed quartz vein. Further information indicates that the mine has not been worked since some exploration attempts about 1956.

Inspection of the wood cabin indicates its construction sometime in the early 1900’s. The property may have been occupied by the first wave of prospectors that found there way in to the area in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s. Several yards in to the main shaft I discovered the first cross adit and several black widows hanging on webs. Being as far from a hospital as I was, I decided that the mine needed no further exploration!

 

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