Lost Mines of the Ochoco Gold Rush

Lost Mines of the Ochoco Gold Rush

Lost Mines of the Ochoco Gold Rush

In this adventure I take you along as I explore the heart of the mining district that grew up during the brief gold rush in the Ochoco Mountains of Central Oregon. Let’s see what evidence we can uncover while exploring the area where once was a thriving mining community. During the gold rush this area had hotels, general store, community hall, and massive mining camps and mine structures. The miners camped throughout the valley and prospected all over the surrounding hills. Most of the major mining activity was hardrock mining operations with extensive tunnels blasted throughout the surrounding mountains. The ore was brought down to ore processing plants along the creek at the bottom of the valley.

Hope you enjoy joining me to explore the lost mines of the Ochoco Mountains Gold Rush!

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  1. PAW Adventures on November 17, 2022 at 8:01 am

    I’m looking forward to seeing that video of you finding that bucket size nugget. 😲😎👍🏻

  2. Chet Mack on November 17, 2022 at 8:03 am

    Back in the mid 70s hippies where trying to homestead in the old cabins.

  3. Eliotoutdoors on November 17, 2022 at 8:03 am

    This is what true exploration is alll about. Loved it, thanks man!

  4. Jason Neal on November 17, 2022 at 8:03 am

    They guy with the claim marker is one of my uncle’s neighbors! Lmao

  5. Rusty Shackleford on November 17, 2022 at 8:06 am

    The USFS has no tolerance for old buildings in their woods. It was always a fight to keep our mining claim cabin in the Cascades that was over 100 years old.

    In 2017 they got their chance to get us out by setting a back burn below it to stop a wildfire they put no resources on for over a month.

  6. Sneeuwwolf on November 17, 2022 at 8:07 am

    Walking alone in those remote places. You must have a gun on you. So you choose a pistol or revolver? I mean in a shtf situation a mistake is easily made. Revolver more reliable: pull trigger = bang.

  7. Caldeau Wolf on November 17, 2022 at 8:13 am

    Thanks for another awesome video, Casey! Definitely gonna go check that out now, and I love that “infinite wisdom of the Forest Service.” Kind of an oxymoron huh?

  8. Bill McCabe on November 17, 2022 at 8:14 am

    The fact that there all caved in is a good enough reason for me not to want to go in there, lol.

  9. Pro Blu on November 17, 2022 at 8:15 am

    Downside to keeping abandoned old structures is they become safety hazards, breeding grounds for disease spreading vermin and fuel for fires. To leave them standing would be costly both in terms of maintenance and in liabilities.

  10. Bigfoot Tree hugger on November 17, 2022 at 8:16 am

    I guess their answer for tearing down Scissorville is because as the saying goes “ If you build it they will come and if you take it away they will go away nature is beautiful how it restores itself !

  11. Randell Ziegler on November 17, 2022 at 8:19 am

    Love history & your videos are always interesting parts of history Thanks for sharing ⛺️

  12. Dave M on November 17, 2022 at 8:21 am

    Always makes me kinda sad when people think it’s better to tear down than to repair and share.

  13. Tucker Portlock33 on November 17, 2022 at 8:24 am

    Wish I could’ve seen the actual remnants that’s a bummer they dude that great vid man!

  14. William McCaslin on November 17, 2022 at 8:25 am

    Thx for the vid, enjoyed it, maybe one day I’ll make it.

  15. SagebrushRebel on November 17, 2022 at 8:26 am

    Casey have you been to the adit with 290 feet of workings, in this area, that I told you about? You don’t need to dig it out, just walk into that one. Keep on videos!

  16. Alan bellkey on November 17, 2022 at 8:28 am

    Yep blanking forest service has done that in the challis national forest in Idaho and the BLM A.k.a. Bureau of land management has burned down stamp mill in the Owyhee’s also and such a wonderful history we have lost my theory is the earth will take it back so let’s leave these standing pieces of history alone and let Mother Nature do her work
    As always awesome video!!!

  17. Prepperjon PNW on November 17, 2022 at 8:28 am

    So how many of you hit the like button before even watching the video? lol

  18. SW Idaho Overlanding on November 17, 2022 at 8:28 am

    They get rid of the old buildings so people won’t hurt/kill themselves. Thinning the herd… Majority pays for minority ignorance.

  19. Sarah Burke on November 17, 2022 at 8:28 am

    Cool place, I’d like to treasure hunt up there! We found a partial stone shelter this weekend, really regretted not bringing the metal detector.

  20. Seas The Day on November 17, 2022 at 8:29 am

    Neat place!

  21. EN.Copedawg on November 17, 2022 at 8:29 am

    I’m surprised you don’t have a short ridged endoscope type camera

  22. Roger Hector on November 17, 2022 at 8:29 am

    missed your vids like always interesting. shame about the town remains getting removed wonder what reason they had..

  23. Abigail Green on November 17, 2022 at 8:32 am

    DATME: https://ok.me/ehOj

    #1万人を超える人が見ていたもん( #笑)
    #まさかのカメラ切り忘れでやら1かしたのもドキドキでした #垃圾

  24. Rocky Mountain Rough Riders of Montana on November 17, 2022 at 8:33 am

    Very cool Casey, really enjoy this kind of exploring. We do quite a bit ourselves up here in Montana. It’s a real bummer the forest service has to get involved and remove or destroy historic places of interest. There’s still a lot out there though that has been untouched other than by mother nature or father time.

  25. NQExplorers on November 17, 2022 at 8:34 am

    Interesting area Casey, look forward to any relics you might unearth with the detector. Happy Fossicking mate! Warren.

  26. Two-Sox Hikes on November 17, 2022 at 8:35 am

    Awesome video. Thanks for sharing some of that history with us.

  27. Natezoinks on November 17, 2022 at 8:37 am

    Great film, love the old pics. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  28. Chet Mack on November 17, 2022 at 8:39 am

    I’ve camped there several times and remember as a kid the old cabins there and like you say the mine was across the creek and up the hill. IL be there in June, if you get the chance stop in for coffee at the fireplace to the right of the medow.

  29. Arctic Exploring on November 17, 2022 at 8:42 am

    Really interesting place. Thered is probably a few nuggets to be found there.

  30. Frank W on November 17, 2022 at 8:42 am

    Trust us, we’re the government…. we’re here to take care of you.

  31. Sod Busters Metal Detecting on November 17, 2022 at 8:44 am

    Great video. I love the history. The forest circus loves to destroy our history all across the US. It is a shameful thing that they do. Thank you for sharing this piece of history with us.

  32. DJ Hobbies / Overland on November 17, 2022 at 8:44 am

    Great video again Casey. One question? Do you lean more towards your pickup for overlanding or do u feel it’s still 50/50?

  33. EN.Copedawg on November 17, 2022 at 8:45 am

    Thanks for showing us around!

  34. PAExploration on November 17, 2022 at 8:46 am

    “Abatement” is the same story here in Pennsylvania with the Game Commission and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. They remove historic structures or let them rot away because “they aren’t in the history business.” It’s really frustrating, and in my opinion, criminal negligence.

  35. Lisa D on November 17, 2022 at 8:47 am

    Very cool ty Sir

  36. Dirt Bandit Outdoors on November 17, 2022 at 8:48 am

    Great spot. That first signal was a decent nickel signal, lol. That’s what I absolutely hate about the forest service is that they destroy the history of these sites in the 70s but preach to us about not disturbing it when we visit. Make sure to thank a local blm or forest service ranger near you for the destruction of these heritage sites. Great video Casey!

  37. Liberty Stuff'n'Things Reviews on November 17, 2022 at 8:48 am

    This is odd…no new videos. Are you okay brother?

  38. Scott MacDonald on November 17, 2022 at 8:49 am

    Back in the 60’s down here in Monterey County CA. You could still file a mining claim in the Lucia Mountains in Big Sur. $30/year = 10 acres, all mineral rights/timber rights/water rights. You can develop it and build on it.. As long as you renew your claim annually with the county… Most of it now is National Forest, but speckled by these old private mining claims. Willow Creek area. This was actually the first place gold was discovered in CA. Before Sutters Mill. Spanish. Los Burros Mining District. If your family has/had a claim down there and you failed to renew anually, the state took it over…

  39. Kerry Jacobson on November 17, 2022 at 8:49 am

    It’s been a month now, Casey! You feeling alright?

  40. Ryan Williams on November 17, 2022 at 8:50 am

    I own property south of Bend. I have those pits all over. I always wondered what it could be.

  41. Gringo on November 17, 2022 at 8:51 am

    Thanks for sharing.

  42. The Roberts Family on November 17, 2022 at 8:52 am

    For those that don’t know, Casey has been in the hospital with the flu. He needs a ventilator to keep him alive.

    It is 100% not COVID, because that is fake news. Do not get the vaccine, take horse pills instead.

    God Bless

  43. Rednexican Hendrix on November 17, 2022 at 8:52 am

    Hey Casey, where’d you go? I don’t use any social media so maybe everyone knows something I don’t? Did he go solo camping and never return? Used to at least the Sunday livestreams. Hope your ok bud..

  44. Space Kissingher on November 17, 2022 at 8:53 am

    If there was history out there people might remember that the forest is public, not owned by the FS and BLM

  45. Kelnco on November 17, 2022 at 8:53 am

    Great video and very interesting! So much that my curiosity had me read up more about the Scissorville and Mayflower Mine online.

  46. Stan the Man on November 17, 2022 at 8:54 am

    Nicely done! Those holes look snakey to me so good luck!

  47. Carollyn Gillespie on November 17, 2022 at 8:54 am

    I love your channel. History was always so interesting to me.

  48. Brody Fredrick on November 17, 2022 at 8:54 am

    Solid video

  49. Lawrence Wiley on November 17, 2022 at 8:55 am

    Really interesting video, thanks!

  50. Marge on November 17, 2022 at 8:56 am

    Word has it, the USFS wants to destroy the Cabin Lake Compound. It’s on the historical register I believe. I want to restore it and make it a hunting camp and such.

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