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Champion Sparkplug Mine
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Champion Sparkplug Mine

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Champion Sparkplug Mine

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Champion Sparkplug Mine

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Champion Sparkplug Mine

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Champion Sparkplug Mine

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Champion Sparkplug Mine
 

On August 26, 2017, at a showing in Bishop of an old movie showing the Champion Sparkplug Mine work back in the 20s up until it closed in 1946, Eighty-eight year old George Clarkson, who worked at the mine, told several stories about how a mule could carry a 600 pound cast iron block for a compressor up that steep trail. They had rigged a tripod with a chain fall to raise the load off the mule to let her rest from having that 600 pounds on her back on the steep trail. But while they were moving the tripod to the next spot, she started off uphill with that load, and never stopped until she got to the camp above.

George was employed to get electrical power generated at the ranch below (Hydro), and get it up the hill to the mine to run the compressors for jackhammers. The power poles were 43 feet long, and were carried up the switchbacks by two mules that had a turntable on their saddles. He described how they would have to alternate going forward and backward to get the pole around the switchbacks. Think about it.

The operation closed down in 1945 and the Champion Mine reverted to public domain in 1982.

(Text taken from Mountain Mouse Land website)



Champion Sparkplug Mine

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Champion Sparkplug Mine Geology
by J. F. Cooper

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U.S. Vanadium Tungsten Mine - 1940
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U.S. Vanadium Tungsten Mine - 1940

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Pack train headed up to the U.S. Vanadium Tungsten Mine at Pine Creek

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Packers headed up to the U.S. Vanadium Tungsten Mine at Pine Creek

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Pack train headed up to the U.S. Vanadium Tungsten Mine at Pine Creek



Tungsten: A Treasure in the Sierra Nevada
by Union Carbide

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Bishop - Red Front Pool Room
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Bishop - Red Front Pool Room
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L.A. Department of Water and Power
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L.A. Department of Water and Power
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Town of Bishop Dog Tax - 1917
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Bishop Dog Tax
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Bishop - Owens Valley Bank
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Good For One Dance Token
dance token
Good For One Dance Token
parlor token
Mike's Recreation Parlor
parlor token
Mike's Recreation Parlor
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Monolithj Pool Hall
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Monolithj Pool Hall
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The Red Front - Bishop, CA
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The Red Front - Bishop, CA

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Holland's "I'm Good for One Dance" token - Bishop, CA
(Ebay posting)

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Holland's "I'm Good for One Dance" token - Bishop, CA
(Ebay posting)

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