Visit Date: March 14, 2016
While driving along a stretch of open road, something off in the distance catches my eye. Hmmmm, that demands investigation. T Red finds its way along a dirt road and up a slight hill to what appears to be the ruin of an old milling operation.
A number of cement building and/or equipment foundations surround the wooden structure.
There are no visible tailing piles or mines near this site, so my guess is that it was built to process ore from one of the many mines in the Dale Mining district. Just a short 4WD distance from this site is the ruins of the Virginia Dale Mine, and many others if you head farther south into the Dale Mountains.
Maybe this road leads to the mine that supplied ore to this mill. There is a mine named the Ivanhoe Mine somewhere out there, so perhaps the two were part of the same operation.
Research turned up virtually nothing on this site, other than the name and the fact that it was a milling operation and that the ore processed here contained gold.
Thus ends my tale of the Ivanhoe Mill. If anyone out there has any information on this site, I'd appreciate hearing from you. Would love to add it to this post.
This site is not located in Joshua Tree National Park, but just outside its boundaries, a bit east of Twentynine Palms.
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