Many of us have explored the Blackhawk Mine area East of Lucerne Valley. I like I'm sure many of you wondered what it looked like "back in the day."
Bill Lembright and his wife Jan work at the Lucerne Valley Market. They spend their days off exploring greater Lucerne Valley area. In fact, you can see them in Bill Mann's Book "Guide to the Beautiful and Historic Lucerne Valley." So if you are ever in the Lucerne Valley Market getting supplies for a run in the desert, look them up and say "Hi".
Bill forwarded me the the following:
Harlan H. Bradt Sr. was part of the Santa Fe Gold Mines, Inc. venture which built the 600 ton sand leaching plant at the mouth of Blackhawk Canyon.
I enjoyed our recent conversation. It's always fun to speak with you concerning the Blackhawk Canyon mines. As promised, I am passing along a few images I received from Harlan H. Bradt, Jr. (who now lives in Wisconsin). After contacting him, Harlan mailed me a few pictures, taken around 1938 at the Blackhawk Mines.
Here we see Harlan Bradt, Sr. (right, with hat), camping near the mouth of Blackhawk Canyon. You can see the west side of the canyon in the background.
Unfortunately, we do not know the names of these people.
We believe they were staying at this camp, situated next to the canyon road. (actually this is not the case - the true location is still unknown)
This is a close-up of the camp.
This, of course, is the "pilot mill."
The screening plant on the Santa Fe claim.
I hope you enjoy the pictures. In a few days I will sent you some more from the Harlan Bradt collection. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you, for all your help.
I hope you find this as interesting as I do. The more we understand history. The more we can appreciate today. Roger- N6UJM