Amalie Mill and Mine

Amalie Mill - The mill has seen better days, as it has fallen prey to senseless vandalism

Amalie Mill – The mill has seen better days, as it has fallen prey to senseless vandalism

 

Silver was discovered in 1890 by C. Moore, in 1894 W.E. Rodgers purchased the mine and began sinking shafts. Amalie Mine grew into a small community with a boarding house, store, a blacksmith shop, a barn, and a short-lived post office . During the mines height a stage-coach ran to and from the mine to Caliente three days a week.

In May of 1900, W.E. Rodgers and the Amalie Mining Company ran into legal issues, and the mine was closed. It reopen for a period under different ownership but was closed again in 1932 and has remained closed since.

The Amalie is reported to have produced $600,000 in gold and silver.

There are a number of structures still standing, including the mill. The condition is surprising good with the exception of the graffiti covering just about everything inside the mill as well as a number of the other buildings. There are new signs posted on all the buildings stating that the land is now owned by the Federal Government and is a place of historic interest.

 

Amalie Mill - The boarding house

Amalie Mill – The boarding house

 

Amalie Mill - The post office building

Amalie Mill – The post office building

 

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About the author

Jim Mattern

Jim is a scapegoat for the NPS, an author, adventurer, photographer, radio personality, guide, and location scout. His interests lie in Native American and cultural sites, ghost towns, mines, and natural wonders in the American Deserts.

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