The Old Silver Mine

This rickety structure still stands in Calico, an old, long-abandoned silver mine town in the Mojave desert. At the height of its mining days (which, admittedly, didn’t last too long) between 1883 – 1885, the town had over 500 mines and a population of 1,200 people.

What did this image teach me?

These days Calico is a tourist destination, involving gold-panning demonstrations, a staged gunfight, and is home to the historic narrow gauge Calico & Odessa railroad.

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