Freckles Mine

Freckles Mine


Mercury was first discovered here in 1940 by Joe Chabagno. Shortly thereafter, C. Baker and R. Jennings leased the property and shipped ore to the Montgomery mine for treatment. In 1942, the property was acquired by C.N. Williamson and Charles Gartiez who renamed it the Roman group. That same year, a self-feeding vertical two-pipe retort was erected. By the end of 1943, 162 flasks of quicksilver were recovered.

After the price of mercury dropped following World War II, work ceased and in 1949 the title lapsed. In 1950, the property was relocated by W.J. Baker and Joe Mackenzie and called the Freckles mine. In 1955 the price of ore rose and lessee J.E. Holmstrom sank a new shaft. By 1962, 552 flasks were produced. From 1965-66, Cordero leased the mine and produced 450 flasks at their furnace near McDermitt. The Freckles mine has been idle since.

I Visited the Freckles Mine
10.25.2013