4WD or high clearance desired
  Orizaba Mine

38.510326° -117.617188°

VISITED November 2021.
Our breakfast: Eggs at Jerry's in Fallon
DIRECTIONS From Gabbs, head south on SR 361 for 4.2 miles; head SE on County Rd 89 for 30.9 miles; head west onlocal road for 1.7 miles.

Active in the early 1900's. A checkered production history. Interestingly, presently for sale.

The Hyland property, the Cushing-Talty, and the Orizaba will all make good mines, and I predict that the Cirac Mining district will make a boom camp just as soon as the effects of the recent San Francisco disater are overcome.
-Tonopah Bonanza, June 30, 1906

Well, maybe not.

Orizaba Mining Company One assay office, one lumber blacksmith shop, one whim, one cabin, and one tent; real estate, $400.00; personal property, $360.00, tax, penalties, and costs, $24.61; advertising, $2.00; total, $26.61
Tonopah Bonanza, December 15, 1906

Took longer to recover than expected.

Banker Smith Much Pleased With This Great Property.
The ore is hauled to the train at Mina, a distance of thirty-five miles.
-Tonopah Bonanza, May 18, 1907

Well, that didn't last long

The Mine and Smelter Supply Company, a corporation, plaintiff, vs. Orizaba Mining Company, a corporation, defendant
One 50 h.p. steam boilers, about 300 feet assorted sizes of iron pipe, 2 large soke stacks and 1 wrench. Notice is hereby given that on Monday, the 22nd day of June, 1908, at 3:00 p.m. of said day, I will sell all the right, title and interest of the said defendant, in and to the above-described propert, or so much thereof as may be necessary to satisfy the plaintiff's claim, besides all cost, interest, and accruing costs.
-Tonopah Daily Bonanza, June 24, 1908

Still digging in the area, though.

Goldfield Men Join In Stampede To New Strike
Another mining camp boom is on. Exclusive news reached several people here yesterday of a strike near Cloverdale, and that an exodus of boomers had nearly depopulated the town of Millers, says the Tribune. The discovery is said to be at the old camp of Orizaba, near Cloverdale, and 20 miles north of Millers in the Smoky valley country. It is said that every auto and conveyance at Millers has been engaged to go to the strike.
-Tonopah Daily Bonanza, March 17, 1913

Let's see if we can foist this hole off on somebody else.

P.V. Rovnianek has returned to his home in Santa Cruz after closing a deal for transfer of the property of the Orizaba Mining and Development Company at Orizaba, situated seventeen miles from Omco in Mineral County. The purchasing interests are represented by A. M. Page, Bartlett Smith and George B. Murchison of New York. The transaction also includes the Diamondfield Black Butte Company at Goldfield. The Orizaba mine at one time was held under option by the Humphrey syndicate of Reno.
-Reno Evening Gazette, November 24, 1920

And again....

Silver Mines selection Company Plans Large Campaign of Development
The Orizaba group of mine claims north of Tonopah which has been credited with production of $50,000 from what might be termed superficial workings has passed to the Silver Mines Selection Company, which J.C. Wier & Co. New York brokers will finance. It has been decided to do away with the old steam equipment and 1 100 horsepower Diesel engine will be installed for the operation of a 10-drill compressor.
Tonopah Daily Bonanza, May 19, 1922

At least they're getting smarter now....

The first venture of the Tonopah Mines Syndicate is to take over the old Orizaba mine, 40 miles north of Tonopa. The terms are that no money need be paid on the property until after the mine has been proven.
-Nevada State Journal, February 11, 1924

Looks like they had some electricity at one point.

J.H. Riggie, in charge of the Nevada-California Power Company's station at Orizaba, came in yesterday.
-Reno Evening Gazete, September 26, 1932

A mile and ahalf south of the Hyland is the old Orizaba mine, reputed to have been a large producer of silver many years ago. Several efforts to repen the Orizaba within the past 15 years were halted by lack of adaquate pumps to handle the flow of water in the workings. Between 1913 and 1918 however, the Orizaba, with poor equipment and a long haul over bad roads, shipped some ore and was said to have made a profit with silver at 60 cents per ounce.
-Nevada State Journal, April 2, 1934

They continued to plug along....

Eight men passed through Mina during the week headed for the Orizaba mine just over the Nye county line.
-Reno Evening Gazette, April 20, 1935

Over $100,000 mostly in the 1920's and 30's. Lou Miller found the mine but later sold it to John Conely. A local named Norman Coombs began working at the mine at age 12. AKA Green Metal's Mine. Republic Mining District
-Report, ORIZABA MINE, J. Quade, 1986

Looks like someone found something. Now, you can work it yourself if you want. Make an offer!

Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. is proud to present the Historic Orizaba Mine. The Orizaba Mine is an 80 acre lode mining claim offered exclusively through Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. The Orizaba Mine is located outside of Tonopah, Nevada. The Orizaba Mine Property has been properly staked and marked at all corners. The Orizaba Mine site covers all of the workings, trench, and sample areas of the historical operation. The Orizaba Mine is documented to have produced native gold and silver in abundance. An assay reported over 40 ounces of silver and 1/2 ounce of gold in a grab sample. The mine is a large beast with over 2500' documented feet of drifting in 1913. Surveyors estimate closer to 4000' based on the waste dumps. The Orizaba Mine suffered from a common problem of the day which has been easily remedied today, that is water. Where pumps and machinery struggled to remove 1000 gallons per hour prior to 1960. In the 1960s when pump technology made great improvements and made it possible to pump 100,000 gallons per hour with a portable pump for a reasonable price, but the Orizaba has not been mined since the 1930s. It is possible that with some degree of engineering the remaining equipment at the hoist house could be made to run again.
-Retrieved November 2021

Yeah. "Some degree of engineering." Good luck with that!


We also visited the nearby Hyland Mine, which probably has another name now.



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