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12/10/2011 3:56:40 PM
Pine Creek Canyon Road headed to the "Mine in the Sky," a tungsten mine just north of Bishop, California.
The mine was located at 8000 feet in elevation in the Sierra Nevadas. An inscription not far from the mine reads: “West of this spot, gold was discovered in the Pine Creek drainage by Civil War veterans. It was not until April 1916, when tungsten was discovered by four men: O.E. Vaughn, A.E. & C.C. Beauregard, and James Sproul on their claims, Blizzard 1, 2, 3 and 4, high on the mountain. Years of development and production passed before the mine was acquired by U.S. Vanadium, a division of Union Carbide Corp., on May 14, 1936. After more development, this mine became the world’s largest tungsten mine and is now known as ‘The Mine in the Sky’.”
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