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June 1819 Santaquin Mine Hunt

Post by Ty on Mon Apr 27, 2015 6:07 am

I know this is way in advance, but I would really like to do this.

Santaquin was settled around a bunch of old Spanish and Indian Mines. I have always wanted to go see if I could find some of them. Anyone want to take Thursday off and come down mine hunting with me? We could even throw up some tents up in Payson or Santaquin canyons and search some Friday as well. This should be my last furlough weekend thus the Thursday schedule.

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Re: June 18\19 Santaquin Mine Hunt

Post by Kevin on Mon Apr 27, 2015 3:57 pm

I think I'm in.

You're getting your hours back? That's awesome!

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Re: June 18\19 Santaquin Mine Hunt

Post by Ty on Mon Apr 27, 2015 4:04 pm

Kevin wrote:

You're getting your hours back?  That's awesome!

The plan has always been full hours back by June, BUT if there market hasn't picked up it means right sizing and that means more layoffs.

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Re: June 18\19 Santaquin Mine Hunt

Post by Kevin on Tue Apr 28, 2015 2:05 am

Do you have a line on anything in particular, Ty? I'm doing some digging but I bet nearly everything up there has been found by post-1900 prospectors, and I bet everything they've done is "reclaimed" by now.

Here's one link, with precious little detail, I'll add more as I find it: http://utahtreasure.blogspot.com/2011/07/santaquin-canyon.html

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Re: June 18\19 Santaquin Mine Hunt

Post by Ty on Tue Apr 28, 2015 2:37 am

Honestly I don't know. I know there are a ton mines on the mountain that haven't been reclaimed. I have a buddy that said he may be willing to go with us to show us the way. I would also like to go check out the refinery out on Goshen Mountain. If you follow the roads on Google Earth to where I'm told the mines are you can see what look to be holes, (I know it's hard to tell from a satellite). I will try to figure out how to pin points and mark a few. Honestly there would definitely be chance that we don't find anything and there would probably be quite a bit of hiking. But I have always wanted to go searching.

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Re: June 18\19 Santaquin Mine Hunt

Post by Kevin on Tue Apr 28, 2015 3:05 am

I'm down with hiking and don't care if we strike out, just trying to maximize our chance of finding a massive hoard of Spanish gold. Very Happy

Are you talking about the complex you can see from US6 west of Santaquin? That's the Tintic Standard Reduction Mill, last time I was there it was gated and posted. http://www.expeditionutah.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4353&highlight=goshen+mill

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Re: June 18\19 Santaquin Mine Hunt

Post by Ty on Tue Apr 28, 2015 3:08 am

Yes that's what I'm talking about. I heard it was posted to, but I'm not sure. I would have to go look. I know people still go a lot. I was thinking of tracking it from my house over the mountain!!

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Post by Kevin on Tue Apr 28, 2015 3:11 am

Ty wrote:I was thinking of tracking it from my house over the mountain!!

Holy cow, that's literally across the ridge isn't it? I'll bring my hiking boots. Very Happy

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Re: June 18\19 Santaquin Mine Hunt

Post by Kevin on Tue Apr 28, 2015 3:24 am

More tantalizing references to nothing: http://thetreasuresofutah.yuku.com/topic/449/Spanish-mines

Everybody has heard from some guy who heard from somebody else. Never a first-hand account.

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Re: June 18\19 Santaquin Mine Hunt

Post by Ty on Tue Apr 28, 2015 3:36 am

That's what I'm looking for. I work with a guy that said he's been to a couple. I'm going to keep looking for more. I think it's crazy that there is so little online about them.

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Re: June 18\19 Santaquin Mine Hunt

Post by Ty on Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:00 am

http://geology.utah.gov/resources/data-databases/mineral-occurrences/

This was kinda cool

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Re: June 18\19 Santaquin Mine Hunt

Post by Ty on Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:13 am

These are the ones I'm interested in!!!!!!!


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Re: June 18\19 Santaquin Mine Hunt

Post by Bennamin on Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:29 am

The road to the Tintic Reduction Mill IS gated and posted. The wife and I tried to go explore a couple weeks ago on our way back from Eureka, and found that out. We were short on time, so we didn't go hike to it, but it appeared there were others in the area (couple of parked vehicles by the gate) and on our way back onto Hwy 6 we passed a couple of cars full of youngsters that appeared to be headed that way for adventure.

Amazing that it has been there for so many years, and only in production for a few. Talk about anti-green manufacturing! Pretty amazing what people used to do to produce ore!
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Re: June 18\19 Santaquin Mine Hunt

Post by Ty on Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:45 am

Aiden's scout leaders took them exploring there a few weeks ago.

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