The Lost Town of the Uncle Sam Mine – Has Nobody Been Here in a Century?

The Lost Town of the Uncle Sam Mine – Has Nobody Been Here in a Century?

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So very little is known about this town deep in this remote canyon. We aren’t actually even certain of the name! My friend, Alan, spotted marks for four vacant buildings on a 1957 map and what they were was completely unknown. For his new book, we had to hike in and find out just what was there!

Does this town date back to 1875, when the very first claim was worked in this canyon? Or is it later working from the 1920’s? In the summer heat just beyond Death Valley, CA, we had to hike down and find out.

Between Alum Creek and Uncle Sam Creek in Nevada, just south of Goldfield, we found several collapsed structures and even an old automobile.

NOTE: There’s a drone shot of a desert valley when I’m talking about Death Valley Park. Flying a drone in Death Valley Park is not at all permitted and comes with a hefty fine. I want to make it clear that this shot was actually the nearby Lida Valley in Nevada.

0:00 – Introduction
1:36 – Searching for the Canyon and Ruins Along the Way
5:10 – Scouting out the Canyon
8:38 – The Historic Mizpah Hotel in Tonopah, NV
9:04 – Returning to the Canyon
10:29 – Descent
12:46 – The Townsite
17:12 – Ascent
20:28 – Conclusion


  1. David Leavitt on January 22, 2023 at 8:34 am

    I would be interested in seeing a video on the Mizpah Hotel.

  2. Kris Douglas on January 22, 2023 at 8:34 am

    Imagine getting there and a bunch of kids walk past with their dogs lol

  3. Da Hof on January 22, 2023 at 8:34 am

    4 buildings makes a town? That describes every property in my county. ;>)

  4. NPC HSN47364 on January 22, 2023 at 8:36 am

    There is no “b” in “supposedly.”

  5. Nunofurdambiznez on January 22, 2023 at 8:37 am

    I vote yes on the separate video of the hotel !

  6. Reeble Snarfle on January 22, 2023 at 8:39 am

    A really really great adventure!❤😎👍

  7. Kim. on January 22, 2023 at 8:40 am

    P you got no neighbors what are you afraid your dog is going to hurt he can’t run around in the country you got to have a heaviest collar and it even heavier chain the lug around? Shame on you let that dog go and run free and he come back to you then he likes you. Stupid ass

  8. Mazlo's outdoor adventures on January 22, 2023 at 8:42 am

    Most of Nevada is like that. Undisturbed no trash and no signs of anybody being there

  9. Paul on January 22, 2023 at 8:44 am

    Why did they call it poison creek and what does the yellow staining indicate? Some kind of chemical or heavy metal?

  10. Nick Adamson on January 22, 2023 at 8:44 am

    Awesome video! A tip for the next time you have to deal with that kind of heat, pick up a bottle of "Essential Electrolyte" pills. I lived in the desert in the SW and had to work in those insane temperatures at times. Those pills saved me from getting sick, and allowed me to have enough stamina to finish a day without too much suffering.

  11. Elven Justice on January 22, 2023 at 8:45 am

    The fact that the car was newer than the last time the mine was worked tells me it was illegally dumped there and you should have scouted around for human remains.

  12. John Bethea on January 22, 2023 at 8:46 am

    I don’t understand why they didn’t camp out at night to save time???

  13. Ratclima on January 22, 2023 at 8:48 am

    Why not camp out there!?

  14. Me?L! on January 22, 2023 at 8:50 am

    Bad sunburned dang milk and aloe mix on skin is the best iv ever found to help

  15. bubba buckwheat on January 22, 2023 at 8:51 am

    Really? I was there two years ago!

  16. m. j exploration on January 22, 2023 at 8:51 am

    Yall got balls to go iut there in that heat i wont be going ANYWHERE if it’s hotter than 20’celsius to be honest. I HATE heat.

  17. B T K on January 22, 2023 at 8:54 am

    Do a follow-up on the hotel 🏨, there may even be ghosts. We should have these records before these places crumble or get razed.

  18. Sherry Roberts on January 22, 2023 at 8:54 am

    What a wonderful story! I so wished I could have been there with you all! Especially the champagne!! Congrats!

  19. Pat Alexander on January 22, 2023 at 8:56 am

    Really neat trip you folks made for all of us that watched you explore! Thanks for sharing your trip and what was going on as you walked along the trail!

  20. Edith Nogueira on January 22, 2023 at 8:57 am

    Most of the people are concentrate in cities leaving country sides empty. That is everywhere. Entire towns are abandoned and people moved to cities everywhere.

  21. Larry Bragg Jr on January 22, 2023 at 8:57 am

    Umbrella. Will save you from the sun

  22. Guy Glot on January 22, 2023 at 8:58 am

    Awesome place. Thanks. Check out Simon Nevada

  23. davwht9 on January 22, 2023 at 8:58 am

    Did that stream have sulfur in it?

  24. General Anesthesia on January 22, 2023 at 9:04 am

    Alan’s friend is a jerk for chaining his dog up like that! That chain is way too thick. What is wrong with people?!
    I get that it’s desert and the dog could get loose and get into trouble, but come on man, the chain thickness makes it extremely heavy. No dog should go through life like that.

  25. Timothy Dockery on January 22, 2023 at 9:05 am

    Alan is a beast for his age

  26. Western Jones on January 22, 2023 at 9:05 am

    To the narrator, I say you pronounced the word "resources" with a z (rezources). Rezources is not a word. Please don’t pervert the English language.

  27. Ben Hutchinson on January 22, 2023 at 9:05 am

    Being Born and raised in Sparks I find it amazing when someone can offer me more knowledge about this great State that I didn’t know. Wonderful video. I look forward to reading Alan’s book and tuning in to more adventures.

  28. John cook on January 22, 2023 at 9:06 am

    Shows how much construction has changed and improved throughout history… If a new house in my area was left untouched for 100 years, it would still be standing! (I live in a similar environment as this town, its not like this is an area that would be prone to tornadoes, hurricanes, or flooding)

  29. Theodore Roosevelt Charleston on January 22, 2023 at 9:07 am

    I would be down there with a metal detector what were they mining for Gold?

  30. Diane on January 22, 2023 at 9:08 am

    I’d love to live in a cabin in a partial ghost town. It would be a lot more quiet than living on a busy street in a large town like Fresno.

  31. Tracie Ramson on January 22, 2023 at 9:08 am

    Great a place to set up another Micro Nàtion

  32. Ryan Stockton on January 22, 2023 at 9:09 am


  33. Al Rivero on January 22, 2023 at 9:09 am

    OMG, get yourself hiking backpack!! Just watching you carry that bag hurt me. Yikes!

  34. moth orchid on January 22, 2023 at 9:10 am

    Rabbit bush blooming so autumn. Find thier water source they would need a spring or dug or drilled a well. Was it a gold or silver mine? During warm weather after sunset rattle snakes, scropions come out. Yes rattlesnake do crawl into old mines shafts to get out of the sun and heat! 🥴Should have been filed in county records mining claim. That yellow could mean sulfuric acid was used in the mining process or could be there naturally.

  35. Don Mundt on January 22, 2023 at 9:12 am

    I love what you did here. This is a great channel. Looking forward to other adventures. I have lots of interest in this type of exploration too.

  36. Wynand Koegelenberg on January 22, 2023 at 9:12 am

    In exploring these unchartered territories, might it not be wise to invest in a Jeep towing a trailer with an ATV and a 250cc dirt bike? Just asking; not judging.

  37. Paula Olson on January 22, 2023 at 9:12 am

    I have always wanted to be an Archeologist I am always interested in it all not just one subject

  38. Charlie Christie on January 22, 2023 at 9:13 am

    Part-Time Explorer, you and Company are amazing. Your videos are just like the pros. The only thing that is missing is special effects, which you DO NOT need and it would be obnoxious of me to request them or complain. I guess the only reason for my comment is to say Thank You ! Please don’t stop making them. I apologize that I am on a fixed income and cannot donate. All the best, God bless !

  39. lisa beckenstrater on January 22, 2023 at 9:15 am

    Well the trailer parked with a 2011 permit just shut down "nobody has been there in a century " claim

  40. NAVAHO on January 22, 2023 at 9:15 am

    Should have gone in the winter.

  41. Alvin Peterson on January 22, 2023 at 9:16 am

    There is gold in them mountain. Don’t stop looking. You won’t it regret or maybe you will

  42. Green Eyes on January 22, 2023 at 9:18 am

    What an accomplishment!! I felt your pain. Very interesting to see your investigation…. Cheers!!

  43. MEGGAN HUTCHINSON on January 22, 2023 at 9:22 am

    What material was mined there, sulfur because the sediment near the creek looks yellow like sulfur.

  44. President Elect Nash Montana on January 22, 2023 at 9:24 am

    I’ve been to as far as the ruins of the Silver Champion mill. We camped there in 1984 for four nights, hiking and discovering. I had no idea there was a ghost town nearby! So cool!❤

  45. John Derfler on January 22, 2023 at 9:24 am

    If you went down there and spent a couple night’s camping, you would have plenty of fire wood🔥🔥

  46. Mike on January 22, 2023 at 9:24 am

    Awesome hike yo! Cheers!

  47. Part-Time Explorer on January 22, 2023 at 9:24 am

    Thank you everyone for the continued support! There was a lot of interest in me making a video about the Mizpah Hotel, which I’ve published here:

    As for the canyon, it’s one of the most remote places we’ve explored, but it turns out some people have been there in the past century for sure and a couple comments had some excellent additional research on the place. I’m now planning a Part 2 of this video including some of the new information that was shared as well as some of the material I cut from this video. Honestly, I didn’t anticipate this much interest in the subject and trimmed out quite a bit to cater to my usual subscribers. There isn’t much to see of it, but I’ll be including shots of the blasted mine entrance as well as more surveying of the town. I hope to have that out on this channel Saturday, March 19.

  48. Richard Dimsdale on January 22, 2023 at 9:29 am

    Y’all needed donkeys to carry water and supplies.

  49. aldeureaux on January 22, 2023 at 9:29 am

    You should go back and metal detect (when it is cooler).

  50. Mother To Earth - Truth Rising on January 22, 2023 at 9:30 am

    No body? Tons of beings have been there even the one that caused the accident

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