WHITE POT MINE
GRID #(see map): 3
CLIMATE: Cool winter, Hot summer
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Anytime
At Junction of Hwy. 178 and Hwy. 190 at
Furnace Creek Inn -- take Hwy. 178 towards Shoshone -- approxamately 35
miles -- turn right on 4x4 road. Update: From the Death Valley Park Service:
The pool is destined to be removed, the metal buildings were crushed and
removed by the park service. See the Ghost
Town News. UPDATE:Just found out this past weekend
that the National Park Service has NOT eliminated all of the historic White
Pot Mine, located in Warm Springs Canyon, on the Death Valley slope of the
Panamint Range. The Park Service has only knocked down two derelict steel
outbuildings, one of which was a garage. As for the living quarters and
the swimming pool, they have been spared due to outcry from several organizations.
They will be studied further before any decision is to be made of their
outcome. -David A. Wright (6/23/99)
REMAINS: The mine and remnanats.
There is a plaque at the site that reads thus: WARM SPRINGS WAS USED BY THE PANAMINT SHOSHONE NATIVE AMERICANS AS A WINTER CAMP CALLED PABUNA. DURING THE 1880S PANAMINT TOM RAN A RANCH AND ORCHARD UNTIL JULY, 1887, WHEN A FLASH FLOOD WIPED OUT HIS CROPS AND 150 FRUIT TREES. DUE TO THE AVAILABILITY OF WATER AT THE SPRINGS, A MILL WAS SET UP IN 1932 TO RECOVER GOLD FROM ORE MINED AT GOLD HILL. A TALC MINING CAMP OPERATED HERE FROM THE LATE 1930S UNTIL 1988. THE LAST CLAIM HOLDER, PFIZER INCORPORATION, DONATED THE SITE TO THE CONSERVATION FUND FOR EVENTUAL DONATION TO THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE. The site contains several buildings, garage, swimming pool fed by warm spring water, mine structures, huge mine portal. When I visited in 1996 I found the place to be in fairly good shape, although one dwelling structure was in a sad shape of disrepair. The pool showed signs of recent cleaning, and cleaning supplies and a jug of Clorox sat nearby. In 1997 I found the dwelling in a worse shape. The pool was empty, incoming water diverted and running down the wash. At an elevation of about 2,500 feet, winters can be cold enough to put ice on the pool, so someone thoughtfully diverted the water and drained the pool. Death Valley National Park has plans to clean up the site.
Submitted by David A. Wright
White Pot Mine
Courtesy Dolores Steele