The mine, also known as the “Lucky Baldwin” Mine was the last major gold discovery in the area. In 1873, Barney and Charley Carter were en route to the Rose Mine, when they camped along the north shore of Baldwin Lake. During this trip, Barney climbed the hill to investigate some “shiny stuff” observed from their camp. This “shiny stuff” proved to be a quartz ledge which is rich in gold ore. They Carter Brothers sold their claim, “Carters Quartz Hill” to Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin for the sum on $30,000.00.
Making his own luck, Baldwin had 180 men working the site and running a 40-stamp mill by 1876. The concrete foundations for this mill are visible just to the west of the mine headframe. The mill is operated up until 1923.
In 1875, William F Holcomb returned to the valley, it is said from curiosity and sentimentality. His return allowed him to witness the collapse of the mining camps. Following the collapse, the gold rush started by Holcomb in 1860 became the largest gold rush in Southern California
|Name||Gold Mountain Mine|
|Also known as||Lucky Baldwin Mine,|
Carters Quartz Hill
|Location||San Bernardino County, California|
|Latitude, Longitude||34.3026, -116.8291|
|Gold Fever Off Road Trail Marker No.||12|