Hensen Well was a small mining site located in the vicinity of Pushwalla Plateau, and Pleasant Valley. In the late 1890s or early 1900s, a Chilean mill, and four stone structures were constructed.
Chilean mills were used during the earliest days of gold mining, usually consisting of two large stones which rotated as it was pulled by a horse. The heavy stone would crush the ore, allowing one to see if the quartz was gold-bearing.
The mill at Hensen Well is no longer standing, but the large crushing wheels that were used are still on site. Unlike the traditional stone wheels, the Hensen Mill utilized two iron wheels that were filled with stone and concrete. You may have to look closely around the site to find the wheels, they are pretty well hidden among the thick vegetation.
The mill was popular among nearby miners (likely the Pinyon Mine, Hansen Mine and the Bonanza Lode) in the early 1900s to bring their ore to be crushed.
When hiking the area many of the old mining roads are still visible in sections, including the road leading to the Hensen Well Mill site. Along with the stone structures, a lot of rusty gold remains, in the form of sardine cans, oil cans, canned goods, and broken glass bottles.