Los Angeles: 1917. pp. plus eleven silver gelatin photographs. Folio. Typescript with brown card spine and rear cover. Spine perished, leaves loose. Manuscript notations, light soiling. About very good. Item #1262
Typescript report by mining engineer Samuel Storrow, supplemented with eleven original photographs. Storrow (1865-1939) was the manager of the Goldstone Mining Company of Delaware, and he reports here on work conducted about thirty-five miles north of Barstow, California, describing the sinking of a mining shaft and other related operations, as well as the quality of ore discovered. He also comments on some of the difficulties with the operation: "The unusual labor conditions brought about by shortage of labor and by serious labor disturbances in the nearby Arizona mines, and then an additional shortage of labor due to war conditions rendered the work more expensive than had been anticipated; and the same causes have made it difficult at times to obtain the necessary materials promptly, but on the whole the work has been prosecuted steadily and within the estimates previously prepared." Additionally, there is mention of the assessment and exploration of the "Big Drum group, the Lucky Find group, and the Golden State group" which also operated in the area. The report concludes with Storrow's recommendation to continue with the mining program developed by the company and with a detailed financial report. The photographs all have typed captions and depict the area around the mine, as well as its machinery and buildings.
Gold was reportedly discovered at Goldstone as early as the 1880s. With the discovery in 1915 of an especially productive claim at Redfield, prospectors began to flood into the area. By February 1917, a boomtown had emerged and the Goldstone Mining Company had established a mill. Rather unexpectedly and inexplicably, however, prospecting declined precipitously in 1917, and by August 1918 the post office established for the town closed its doors. Today, Goldstone is regarded as the last in a series of boomtown gold rushes that began around 1906 with the discoveries in Goldfield, Nevada.