The ruins of The Gold Crown Mine, and mill site are situated a few miles north of the Joshua Tree National Park boundary, in the Dale Mining District. Gold Crown Road (a decent, high clearance dirt road) crosses the Pinto Basin near Porcupine Wash, and leads up the Pinto Mountains to the site of the abandoned mining property. You can also access Gold Crown Road from Highway 62, near the settlement of Old Dale.
The Gold Crown Mine consisted of twenty-five claims, four of which were developed with shafts from 100 to 600 feet in depth. In 1935 the Gold Crown Mining Company replaced their sixty-ton ball mill, installing a fifty-ton cyanide plant. The water for the mill was piped in from the well at New Dale. The mill was not only used for the companies milling purposes, but custom jobs for other mines in the district.
The mine operated from 1926 until 1938, and regularly employed thirty-five men. With the ore bodies depleted at the Gold Crown Mine, the mill was moved to the nearby Supply and Nightingale Mines.
Today the site of the Gold Crown Mine and Mill consists of dozens of concrete walls and foundations. For the most part the buildings that once stood are long gone, the few that remain, hang on by a shoe string. In a few instances, stairs lead to nowhere. Behind what I assume to have been the camp’s mess hall, is a large can dump consisting almost entirely of oversized/bulk food cans. The mill foundations are just a short distance southeast of the camp. Large, bulky concrete slabs are all that remain of the massive fifty-ton cyanide plant. The foundations alone, a testimony to the size of the beast that stood here.