Star Mine
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Created 12/17/05
The Star Mine is part of the Bohemia Minning District and is located in Lane Country in Section 20, T20S, R1E. According to the report
"Gold And Silver In Oregon" by the Oregon Department Of Geology and Mineral Industries, the activity began sometime before 1920, but
the exact date is not known. During my visit to the area in the fall of 2005 I noticed recent activity in the upkeep of the road, the buildings,
and activity in one of the adits. The road to the site is easy enough to find if you know where to look. A word of caution though, the road to
the mine area is very steep, and immediately after rounding the first corner of the road there is a steel gate. It is better to park in the wide
spot at the road junction and walk in. However, the road itself is very steep with grades greater than 25% in spots. At the mine site there
are five houses, a garage, what looks to be a stamp mill, a tipple, and a conveyor. All are still standing. All but one of the houses look as if
they are used for nothing but storage. After walking through the area with the buildings there are a few roads that split off. These lead to
the 12+ adits that for the most part are all open. Although, there was not one road per adit. Rather, there are animal trails leading from
each adit to the road. One important note is that some of these adits also have layers to them and connect with each other. I think that the
reason that the buildings are in such excellent shape is because of the remote location of the site and the effort needed to reach it on foot.
All of the buildings are on a small ridge between two draws. The currently worked shaft and the ones with rails are in the draw to the left
and onto the ridge, far above the buildings. The other explored adits are in a draw to the right and far above the buildings.
This is the first house that you come across to your left, beside the road. Notice the stilts that the
south side of the house is built on to level it off. Also, note what good shape the house is. (10/15/05)
Here is another shot of the first house that you come across to your left. Again, note what good shape
the house is. (10/15/05)
This is the front of the first house that you come across, as the road loops past the front of it. This
house is also an outsider compared to the others in that it is by itself. (10/15/05)
Although a little hidden, this is the back of the second house. Like the other five houses, it also has part of a second level
due to the steepness of the ground. However, this one has windows on it. (10/15/05)
Here is a better shot of the second house, from the front. Note how much the architecture changes from the front view to the
back view of this house. (10/15/05)
This is a picture of the third house, which is to the right of, and downhill of the road. (10/15/05)
This is a little shed or garage that sits between the third and fourth houses on the downhill side of the road. (10/15/05)
Here is the fourth house, and the last one on the right, or downhill side of the road. (10/15/05)
Here is an old fence that runs behind the fourth house on the right hand side of the road as you walk up it. (10/15/05)
This is the fifth and last house on the site. This house is on the left hand side of the road as you walk up. (10/15/05)
Here is a shot of more modern machinery that when the mine was in its heyday. This looks to be a shaking or tumbler
machine with pressure washers that dumped into a hopper, that dumped into a small trailer. Because this site was still
active we did not take a closer look at the machinery. (10/15/05)
This more modern machinery looks as if it is used in the 1980's or 1970's by the amount of brush that was around it.
It looks as if it was used when mining went away from stamp mills. Rather, the ore was dumped into here from the
road system leading here and was tumbled and washed and then dumped into a small trailer. (10/15/05)
This building is attached to the side of the bottom part of the stamp mill. This building looks like it might have been
an old bunk house, or perhaps the mill offices or storeroom. (10/15/05)
Here is the bottom part of the stamp mill. Since this site was still being worked, we did not go into the buildings or
close to them to look inside. (10/15/05)
Although hard to see, this is the top part of the stamp mill. Notice the typical step construction style that was
common with stamp mills. (10/15/05)
Looking at the top of the stamp mill and its tramway from the rail line running from the tipple. (10/15/05)
Mine cart still in place at the top of the stamp mill. (10/15/05)
The tracks and tramway leading into the top of the stamp mill from the tipple. (10/15/05)
The tracks in place between the stamp mill tramway and the tipple loading chute. (10/15/05)
Here is another shot of the rails and walkboards leading from the chute at the tipple to the top of the
stamp mill. (10/15/05)
Here are some extra rails leaning against the cut bank. In the background you can see the chute coming
out of the tipple. (10/15/05)
Here is a shot of the rails and walkboards leading towards the chute at the bottom of the tipple. (10/15/05)
The top of the tipple chute. From here pieces of quartz were dropped into the mining cart which
would then travel about 30ft into the top of the stamp mill. (10/15/05)
Tipple that would house the chunks of quartz before being loaded into the ore car for transport to the
stamp mill. There was a conveyor belt that fed into the tipple from above. (10/15/05)
My buddy Jeff standing by the top half of the tipple. There is a short spur road that he's standing on that seems to
have been constructed purely for the purpose of maintenance of the tipple or the conveyor belt that fed it. (10/15/05)
This is a shot peeking through the trees at the conveyor belt that fed the quartz
pieces into the top of the tipple. (10/15/05)
Here is the top of the conveyor belt. From here, the shipments of quartz from the adits were
dumped onto. (10/15/05)
My buddy Jeff and an air compressor in front of the only adit that seems to be
being worked at the present time. (10/15/05)
Jeff in the currently worked adit. Since this adit had signs of recently being worked we did not really explore it. (10/15/05)
This is one of the long collapsed adits. It is what the rails shown below lead to, and is located on the draw above the buildings.
In this picture you can see at least three rails. Although, it does appear that they are no longer in their original place.
Another picture of the rails, but these two are still lying in place. (10/15/05)
Here is the last picture of rail that lays on this shelf directly above the buildings a ways up. There were some completely
collapsed adits, but there was also one that had mostly collapsed, and been daylighted it that stretch. As a result, less than
half of the original adit was underground. (10/15/05)
This is inside that above mentioned adit, looking at the end of  the adit. (10/15/05)
This is inside one of the older adits. This adit is beside the road before it turns into the draw, on the ridgeline.
Here is another shot of the above adit. The adit goes back for about 100 feet. (10/15/05)
This line perhaps supplied power to the 11+ adits that sit in the draw to the right, and uphill of the buildings. The insulator is
clearly visible on the line. This is beside the road that used to lead into the draw, but is overgrown at this spot. (10/15/05)
This is a sluice box that is laying on the road in the draw that is on the right side, and up hill a ways, from the old buildings.
From this spot, you can look at both sides of the draw and see several adits stacked one atop another. (10/15/05)
This is Jeff going into the adit that is right beside the road between the insulator and the sluice box, on the west side of the
draw. Note the shovel sitting at the entrance. (10/15/05)
This is looking inside the same adit. Not the wheelbarrow with the box on top of it. This adit did not go in very far, only about
fifty feet or so. (10/15/05)
This is an arm of one of the mines on the east side of the draw. It leads upward. The workers obviously erected this
scaffolding so that they had something to stand on while digging upward. (10/15/05)
Here is another spot in that same adit. It is obvious traveling through the adit that the veins of gold ran upward as this shows.
Again in the same adit, this time looking at some of the mineral growth within the adit. (10/15/05)
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