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My wife and I have been receiving Nevada Magazine for many years, and in your September/October 2012 issue your annual photo contest took me back exactly 40 years. We always look forward to the Great Nevada Picture Hunt issue and often recognize some of the photo locations. My wife grew up in Pioche, where I met her, when working as an exploration geologist from Minnesota.
In summer 1972, I was working on a project in the Bullfrog Mining District near Beatty, which involved the Montgomery Shoshone Mine. Above, you’ll find a panoramic I took that summer.
This photograph fills in some of the time span from Mark Holloway’s “Then & Now” photograph and the 1907 panorama that you published showing the mining and milling buildings.
If I remember correctly, my photograph was taken from “Black Peak,” looking south toward “Montgomery Mountain” and the old mine workings. In 1972, there was still an open tunnel that ran more than 700 feet into the fault zone associated with the Montgomery Shoshone Mine ore zone. I crawled into the mining face of that tunnel to collect channel samples, which was quite exciting for a young geologist.
Thanks for providing me with a journey down memory lane!