Silver Mining and Refining at Cerro Gordo

Silver Mining

The Union Mine, Cerro Gordo

Cerro Gordo is a privately owned Mining Town located in the Owens Valley near Lone Pine, California. On this trip our mission is to go down deep into the Union Mine and gather some high grade silver and lead ore. To do this we need to descend over 400′ underground on a hoist from the 1860’s! Once we get to the ore face we high grade out some very rich galena ore and bring it back to the surface! My mission is to make something cool for Brent out of the lead and silver,

One man has been living the post-apocalyptic lifestyle in his own wasteland since early last year. Brent Underwood, a young entrepreneur, bought the abandoned California ghost town of Cerro Gordo in 2018 for $1.4 million. (more…)

Ghost Town Silver

Extracting Ghost Town Silver

Going to the silver ghost town of Silver Reef, Utah to collect a sample of silver ore, and meet up with Cody of Cody’s Lab to learn how to extract it. 

Note that silver is also used in solder, an easily-melted alloy used to join electrical connections or copper pipes/plates. (more…)