The California Mine Explorers are a group of people who have joined forces to enjoy the mining history of
California and its neighboring states and the majesty of the West.
We are a loosely knit group that shuns command structure and egos, agendas and the need for claming any place
as "ours". Life is too short to spend one's time obsessing over who is doing what or the need to shout out what great
explorers we are.
The mines of our deserts and mountains are a fascinating window into the region's past. The struggles and the
victories, the defeats and the sheer force of will that our forefathers exhibited bear silent witness now in the
form of the many mine workings that are scattered across the vast reaches of the west like so many pieces of the gold
some of the miners sought.
But there is just as much historical wealth in the works they left behind. We are often
amazed at the handiwork, the cleverness and the amazing feats of engineering that these men accomplished with none of the
modern tools we have today.
We seek to preserve these works as indications to the generations that will come that the American spirit is
unstoppable. They are the history of this great land.
And it seems we have an uphill battle on our hands. There are
many who would label all this as an "eyesore" and try to tear it down and cover it up. While the past is full of mistakes,
the wholesale destruction of everything is simply unjust and the slanting of history to fit one point of view obscene. Happily,
the miners didn't know the term "politically correct". But those forces at work will make all this history disappear
they have their way. My son and his friends already cannot visit half
the places I have in only the past few years because
We seek to preserve the mines and places of the old west so that who we are as a people and what we've done
in the past isn't glossed over and destroyed.
Please come join us as we explore and preserve that legacy.