Pamlico (Mineral County) We Visited: 8-9-2003
Our Dinner:
38 44' 48"N, 117 51' 24"W - GOLDYKE quad

Directions: Highway 95S from Fallon 71.4 miles to Hawthorne; continue east on Highway 95S out of Hawthorne for 9.5 miles and turn right on Garfield Flats Road; South on Garfield Flats road for 5.2 miles; turn left on local road for 0.6 miles

From Fallon: 86.7 miles

4WD or high clearance desired

What Was

Discovered and mostly active in the 1870's and 1880's. Like the neighboring La Panta Mine, most of the activity here took place in the 1870's and 1880's. In 1936, all that remained of the 20 stamp mill was the half-ton-each stamps and a Gates No. 3 gyratory crusher. There was a pipe from Cottonwood Creek 10 miles SW that brough water to the mine. (Mines of Churchill and Mineral County)

Here are some articles which appeared in the reno Evening Gazette regarding Pamlico and the area. They start out with the usual-- almost promotional-- news stories.

A County Abounding In Rich Gold Ledges
Hawthorne mining district, situated 12 miles in a south0easterly direction from the town of Hawthorne, the county seat of Esmeralda county, continues to create some stir among mining experts. The road from town is a comparatively good one. Nine miles from hawthorne the road enters a wash which runs between two chains of mountains for a distance of 18 miles, to Garfield. (Farrington Bro.'s mines and mill). About two miles from the mouth of the wash on the right hand side on the top of a small hill is the Pamlico mine. This ledge is small but exceedingly rich, assays obtained going as high as $4,800 in gold.
1886 April 20, Reno Evening Gazette

The output of the Pamlico mine, Hawthorne District, Esmeralda county, for two months was $5,300 in gold bullion.
1887 August 16, Reno Evening Gazette

The Pamlico is getting better. Rock which is now being sacked is as rich, if not richer, that any formerly taken out.
1887 September 29, Reno Evening Gazette

The Pamlico is the leading gold bullion producing mine of Hawthorne district, Esmeralda county, having usurped the place formerly held by the Lapanta.-- S. F. Post
1888 March 15, Reno Evening Gazette

Apparently some of the parties had a disagreement

Hawthorne, Nev. The jury in the Pamlico-Garrison mining case disagreed, standing six and six, and were discharged. The case will be tried again in November.
1889 September 27, Reno Evening Gazette

In the Pamlico-Garrison mining suit, at Hawthorne a verdict was rendered late Saturday night in favor of the defendants. Colonel Lindsay and General Clarke, counsel for the defendants, are again made happy.
1889 December 2, Reno Evening Gazette

And with that bit of unpleasantness out of hte way, let's getback to digging!

At Pamlico, one of the oldest camps in Esmeralda county, located between Sodaville and Hawthorne, about fifteen men are engaged in prospecting and development work. Leasers are taking out considerable good ore on the Pamlico mill, This mill also treats other ore that is brought in by any of the prospectors, which is quite a convenience to the men throughout the district.
1910 August 9, Reno Evening Gazette

Prospectors Strike Gold Near Old Pamlico Workings At Depth of 120 Feet
The report that rich placer has been discovered at bedrock in a shaft 120 feet deep, just below the old Pamlico mill, nine miles from Hawthorne and 10 miles from Luckyboy, is confirmed by J.H. Miller, manager of the Luckyboy Consolidated Mining Company.
1915 April 23, Reno Evening Gazette

Mining Man From Pamlico Says District Is Undergoing Big Revival; Oddie Interested
"The placer properties at Pamlico with the exception of my own properties, have not been worked for some time, but I understand large interests have been induced to come in there and will work the mines," said W.P. Ross, a mining man from Pamlico.
1916 January 3, Reno Evening Gazette

Around 1919 Fred Dodge showed up.

Fred Dodge of Pamlico turned the water into the Pamlico pipeline leading from Cottonwood canyon last Tuesday and is getting the Pamlico mill ready for a season's run. He has a quantity of good grade of mill ore ahead and has been working with Martin Fitting of Hawthorne on a new gold find that the two have made in the east fork of the Neversweat Gulch.
1931 March 20, Reno Evening Gazette

HAWTHORNE, Nev. Fred R. Doge who is in charge of the Pamlico mine ten miles south of here reports that the drought has been so severe that he has not been able to get water with which to operate the stamp mill on the property for the past couple of seasons. The water for the mill is brought by pipeline from Cottonwood Canyon several miles away. It is hoped that a small amount of water will be developed and Mr. Dodge is going back to the first principles and is constructing a small arrastra which can be successfully operated with a very small amount of water.
1931 October 13, Reno Evening Gazette

Apparently working that arrastra took its toll on Mr. Dodge.

Fred Dodge, well known Nevada mining man and brother of Senator E. R. Dodge of Reno, was found dead this morning at his home in Pamlico, ten miles from hawthorne, by W. F. Merchant of Hawthorne, who went to the house to ascertain why Dodge had failed to come to Hawthorne this morning for supplies. Dodge had been operating a mining property at Pamlico for about twelve years. His wife went to Santa Cruz recently to visit relatives and Dodge was living alone at the house. When in hawthorne last saturday he complained of having a cold. When he failed to arrive in Hawthorne this morning as was customary Merchant drove to the mine and after forcing the door of the house found Dodge lying on the bed dead. He was fully dressed and according to Merchant has apparently been dead for three or four days. He was fifty-four years old. A coroner's jury expected to visit the scene and conduct and inquest late today
1932 January 30, Reno Evening Gazette

Swett and Hoover also visited Pamlico ten miles east, and said that a couple of leasers were putting in a small plant to treat the LaPanta dumps, and that Herman Balzar brother of the governor, and Steve Patroni are mining both shipping and milling ore in the Pamlico property where they hold a lease. Pamlico is the district where the late Fred Dodge operated for many years controlling most of the properties in the camp.
1932 October 25, Reno Evening Gazette

The new gold strike make in the vicinity of the Pamlico dostrict is still attracting crowds of mining men who are staking claims as close as possible to the original discovery, made by George Ashbey.
1933 April 26, Reno Evening Gazette

Oh no! Here come the "L.A. People."

Sack of Ore From One of Them Paid Expenses of Two Men on World Tour
Robert Burns has taken a lease and bond on the Pamlico and La Panta miles in the Pamlico district, and is said to be financed by Los Angeles people, it was reported yesterday by Judge E. R. Dodge of Reno, and it is understood that work will be under way soon. Ground in the same district owned by Mrs. Fred Dodge of Hawthorne has also been taken over by the same investors, it is stated. It is said that Gov. R. C. Colcord was the manager of the two mines for a number of years and was so employed when he was elected to the governorship of the state. He built the mill and also the twelve-mile iron pipeline whichis now being repaired. Judge Dodge and his brother Fred gained control of the Pamlico and LaPanta mines in 1919, and operated jointly until the latter's death not long ago. Since then the judge has been in full control.
1934 June 2, Reno Evening Gazette

Ore assaying thirty-five ounces silver has been opened on the two hundred foot level of the Ashby Gold Mines Inc main shaft, according to G. A. Ashby, president of hte company. the mine is onthe old road between Mine and Hawthorne, near the old Pamlico district.
1936 November 7, Reno Evening Gazette

District Was Discovered int he Early Seventies; Mill Will Be Rehabilitated and Enlarged and Pipeline Reconditioned
Discovered in the 1870's during the covered wagon days of the early pioneers, the old mining district of Pamlico, ten miles east of Hawthorne, seems due to come back into the limelight of the mining world. The Pamlico Mining Company, a Nevada corporation, has taken over eight claims of the La Panta group and five claims of the Pamlico group which were formerly owned by the Dodge brothers and which were later deeded to E. S. Daughtery as trustee for the present owners with George L. Sanford as attorney for them.
1937 June 2, Reno Evening Gazette

Mrs. Stella Dodge, widow ot the late Fred Dodge, returned this week from Reno and is now residing at her property in the Pamlico mining district, about twelve miles south of Hawthorne. While in town, Mrs. Dodge reported that she had interested a group of mining men in the property which she owns at Pamlico and that work is to be started at once.
1941 June 21, Reno Evening Gazette

At this point it seems most mining activity of any note has stopped. That doesn't mean stuff wasn't still happening, though.

A large residence which was a landmark at the old camp of Pamlico was destroyed by fire Friday afternoon. According to information furnished by the office of Sheriff Al Jense, a quantity of explosives had been placed in the house and a fire was thens et, destruction resulting from both the resultant explosion and fire. Part of the porch and side wall of the residence was found some distance from the main building, only partially burned, Jense said. Also destroyed in the fire was a small outhouse. Investigation by the sheriff and his deputies revealed that a quantity of black powder and blasting caps had been taken from a tunnel near one of the Pamlico mines. This tunnel had been used as a powder storage magazine by a construction firm here during the war years.
1951 February 1, Reno Evening Gazette

Post Office: None

Newspaper: None

What is

The remains of what was probably amill are all that's left at Pamlico, other than a small shack in the general vicinity. The roads in the area are all pretty good and you can get to both Pamlico and La Panta with no problems.

Close up of... the mill
A few more years and this will fall down
A view from across the valley
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