Lestro Mountain Mine (AKA: Spur of the Moment Mine)


The Lestro Mountain Mine, aka the “Spur of the Moment” is an interesting find in the Panamint Mountain Range. Finding trams that are still intact, complete with an ore bucket hanging from the line are rare.¬† This gold mine has been worked on and off since the early 1900’s. The most recent workings took place in 1990 and 1991. The cabin and other ruins in the canyon directly below the ore bin are likely from the late mining era.

The biggest concern with this site is vandalism, a few years back you would have found two ore buckets hanging from the line, but now there is only one and the other is missing from the location all together. Further up the mountain an ore cart sat on the trestle leading out to the tramway, that ore cart has been pushed off and now sits at the bottom of the canyon. The miner’s cabin was once a place that you could stay in for a night, but now nobody would want to. It has been ransacked and nearly destroyed.

If you happen to be so lucky as to come across the “Spur of the Moment Mine” or any historic place leave it as you found it.






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.