Eastern Mojave Vegetation Copper Mountain, Mono County, California.

Query: G.N.I.S.

See also: Copper Mountain. Lundy Canyon.

See also: Copper Mountain. Mount Olsen.

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Mountain on north side of Lundy Canyon. Mount Olsen also forms this ridge.

I had assumed that the name of Copper Mountain was applied here because of the reddish-brown color of the upper slopes. However, Aubury (1902) writes, "[In Mono County] only two copper properties attract present attention. They are on Copper Mountain 16 miles southwest of Bodie, and about 4 miles from the west shore of Mono Lake. The nearest railroad station os 60 miles from Copper Mountain, at Hawthorne, Nevada, on the Carson & Colorado Railroad.

"Santiago, Cuba, and Havana Claims.—Owned by E. M. Cavin, of Bodie. Located on Copper Mountain. They have been developed to some extent by a 1150-foot shaft, showing good ore, and by about Soo feet of tunneling, but this last work was not done to advantage. The deposit is found on the contact of limestone and porphyry. •The ore is principally cuprite and malachite. The width of the deposit has not been determined. A small furnace was once erected and some ore treated, but the property is idle at present. Water power is available, and there is an abundance of timber in the region.

"Goleta Consolidated Mines.—The Goleta mines are also on Copper Mountain. Hugh W. Nelson, of Jordan, is superintendent. This group is primarily a gold mine, but there is in it a copper ledge which is exposed on the hanging wall side of the gold ledge. Developments have exposed a vein of copper ore averaging 6 feet in width, the ore appearing to be chrysocolla. There is a tunnel 200 feet on the vein, tapping it 300 feet below the outcrop. The copper is not being mined, as the mines are at present worked only for the gold and silver. The ore is treated by the cyanide process, a 40-stamp mill being used to crush the ore. Water power is used."

This information is repeated in Jenkins (1948).

Elevation: 9452ft, 2881m.

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Crepis modocensis Greene. Modoc Hawksbeard (Oth)


Streptanthus cordatus Nutt. cordatus. Heartleaf Twistflower (Oth)


Minuartia nuttallii (Pax) Briq. fragilis (Maguire & A.H. Holmgren) Rabeler & R.L. Hartm. (Oth)


Astragalus whitneyi A. Gray whitneyi. Balloonpod Milkvetch (Oth)


Lewisia rediviva Pursh minor (Rydb.) Munz. Bitter Root (Oth)


Navarretia breweri (A. Gray) Greene. Brewer's Navarretia (Oth)

Total number of taxa: 6
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Date and time this article was prepared:11:12:26 AM, 5/10/2024.