Las Flores Canyon Mines


This is Tunnel Number 4 in Las Flores Canyon. Ore cart rail protrude from the portal.
Tunnel Number 4 is the deepest mine in this canyon. It also contains thousands of natural cave pearls.



























Tunnel Number 4

County: Los Angeles

Primary Mineral: Ore cart rail outside the portal indicates this was originally a gold mine, pipes inside indicate it was later converted to a water tunnel.

Years of Operation: 1893-1894 mined for gold, years of water usage are unknown

Nearest City or Landmark: Cobb Estate, Altadena

Depth: Approx 837 feet


Tunnel 4 in Las Flores Canyon. This low opening opens up into easily walkable tunnels.
This is Tunnel Number 4's inner portal. This is a wet mine, and you cannot stand up fully at this point.



























Tunnel Number 4

Tunnel Number 4 is the deepest and probably the most interesting mine in Las Flores Canyon. Outside of the mine, embedded in the rock is a remnant of the old ore cart rail, indicating this was a gold mine at one time. On the inside, there are a few pipes underneath the water, indicating it was later used as a water tunnel. Water in the late 1800’s was often more valuable than gold. Long before the California aqueduct was built, much of Altadena and Pasadena was orange groves, thirsting for irrigation. Virtually all of the canyons above these cities had some sort of water system to supply the needs of the cities below. 

This is a forked mine, and filled with large numbers of cave pearls. If you’ve never seen a cave pearl before, scroll down two photos. The original ownership is uncertain, but businessman William Twaddell owned several of these mines at the time. The difficult part of identifying mines in Las Flores Canyon is that many of them lost their original names when they became water tunnels and were simply given numbers for identification. William Twaddell’s company owned six mines in this canyon, some of which are probably the numbered tunnels, renamed. The original names were the Golden Star, the Jessie Marie, the Altadena, the Pasadena, the Monitor and the Bald Eagle. Presumably he also owned the Twaddell Mine.


Tunnel Number 4 in Las Flores Canyon was a gold mine, later converted to a water tunnel.
Depending on the time of year, this forked mine will have between one and two feet of water in certain areas.



























Cave Pearls 

Small stalactites in mines are fairly common, but this mine also has occurrences not often found. Cave pearls are usually found in limestone caves, formed by a concretion of calcium salts that layer around a nucleus, much like an actual pearl. Exposure to moving water eventually polishes their surfaces, making them glossy. However when the pearls are exposed to air, they degrade and appear rough. Most of the pearls in this mine are rough, composed primarily of calcite. Some of the pearls in this particular mine are colored, from small amounts of quartz, iron, or magnesium. Cave pearls form when water dripping from the ceiling loses carbon dioxide and precipitates calcite. If a substantial amount of ground water were not present, stalagmites would form in their place. Most are spherical, but sometimes they will stick together and resemble bunches of grapes. They can also form in elliptical, cubical, hexagonal or discoid shapes. The largest cave pearls ever found are in the Son Doong Cave in Vietnam, “the size of baseballs”. Generally when cave pearls are present in a mine or cave they will not be abundant, which makes Tunnel 4 highly unusual. I would estimate there are tens of thousands of them present in this mine. To see more photos of Tunnel 4 click here.


Cave pearls need perfect conditions to form. There are thousands inside Las Flores Canyon's Tunnel 4.
These are called Cave Pearls. They can be rough or smooth and require perfect conditions to form.



























History of Las Flores Canyon

Las Flores Canyon, long known as the Haunted Forest or the Enchanted Forest, lies above Altadena, above the ruins of the old Cobb Estate. Charles H. Cobb was a wealthy lumber magnate, who built the estate in 1916, above what was once miles of poppy fields. After his death in 1939 the mansion changed ownership several times before being razed in 1959. The legendary Marx Brothers bought the 107 acre tract in 1960, and had planned to sell it for use as a cemetery, but local activists and ecologists stepped in and purchased it, turning it over to the Forest Service in 1971 as a nature preserve.

Long before the Cobb Estate existed, the canyon behind it was the scene of a brief flurry of gold mining activities. According to the noted mine historian John W. Robinson, these ventures began 1893 and lasted through 1894. Another source dates the beginning of mining no later than 1881. Las Flores Canyon was possibly the most densely mined of all the canyons in the San Gabriels. William Twaddell, a prominent businessman formed a company that owned at least six of the mines, probably more. He spared no expense in boring tunnels into the hillsides and began construction on a stamp mill. But the efforts were not worth the cost, and because of a water shortage, the enterprise was soon abandoned.

The Las Flores Water Company, incorporated in 1885 took over many of the mines and converted them into water tunnels for irrigation, which was more profitable. An old water map from 1906 shows a dozen mines / water tunnels in the canyon. The Las Flores Water Company still exists, and serves 1,471 users in north-central Altadena. But only one of the water tunnels in this canyon is still operational, Tunnel Number 8, which has been used only for reclamation purposes since 1974, when excessive levels of fluoride and uranium were discovered in the water. Tunnel Number 8 is now locked, however I was able to take photos of the inside when it was open, which you can view further down on this page.



Tunnel 6 in Las Flores Canyon starts with a knee crawl but opens to an easily walkable height.
Tunnel Number 6 is one of the more difficult mines to find. A knee crawl leads to a window inside.



























Tunnel Number 6

County: Los Angeles

Primary Mineral: Undetermined, either gold or water. Probably both

Years of Operation: Possibly between 1893-1894 if mined for gold, later if mined for water.

Nearest City or Landmark: Cobb Estate, Altadena

Depth: Approx 468 feet
 

Tunnel 6 in Las Flores Canyon is a forked mine. The two tunnels run almost parallel.
This mine has a very unusual split. I call these the twin tunnels, which run nearly parallel to each other.



























Tunnel Number 6

There are quite a few mines in this canyon I have still not found. Tunnel Number 6 took me a long time to locate. This is one of the gully mines, and as you can see from the first photo, it is partially obscured by brush. Tunnel Number 6 begins with a knee crawl, which leads to cement wall with an inner window, or gate. The original iron door has been removed, and now sits off to the side, inside the mine. Once inside the window, it is easy to stand up. This is a dry mine now, but watermarks along both walls indicate it was once quite wet, waist deep in fact. This tunnel is about 468 feet, with a highly unusual split, in which the two forks run nearly parallel to each other. There are several old tiny candles along the way. I can’t imagine anyone trying to navigate this mine with them, but apparently someone did. Overall this is a very interesting mine, with minimal cave ins. The main challenge is finding it. To see more photos of Tunnel 6 click here.


High watermarks inside Tunnel 6 in Las Flores Canyon suggest this was once a water tunnel.
Watermarks indicate this mine once had waist deep water. These marks align with the bottom of the window.



























Twaddell Mine

County: Los Angeles

Primary Mineral: Gold

Years of Operation: 1893-1894

Nearest City or Landmark: Cobb Estate, Altadena

Depth: Approx 416 feet


Las Flores Canyon's Twadell Mine involves a long belly crawl to reach the inside.
The Twadell Mine is one of the more dangerous mines in the canyon, but the payoff is a mine cart inside.



























Twaddell Mine

The Twaddell Mine is named after William Twaddell, a prominent businessman of the day, who began a mining company and owned at least six mines in this canyon, probably more. The list of gold mines he owned was as follows … the Golden Star, the Jessie Marie, the Altadena, the Pasadena, the Monitor and the Bald Eagle. And it’s safe to assume that he also owned the Twaddell Mine. Most of those mines later merged with the Las Flores Water Company and their original names were presumably replaced by numbers that the water company assigned.


The Twadell Mine in Las Flores Canyon was named after a local businessman who owned six mines.
This is a dry and dusty mine. The ventilation is poor. Inside is an old ore cart, minus the wheels.



























This mine is dangerous to enter. If you should find it, I highly recommend staying out. Entry involves a long belly crawl, nearly 25 feet. Then, gradually it starts to open, until you can eventually stand up. Sediment pushed into the mine continues to build up. I predict this mine will completely disappear within 30-50 years. On the inside is an original ore cart, minus the wheels, or perhaps it’s an ore bin. It’s full of old beer cans and the sides are rusted out, but nevertheless it’s exciting to still find old mining artifacts. 

This is a creepy mine, with long tree roots hanging down from the ceiling, lots of spiders, a primitive rock altar at the end of the mine and poor ventilation. Along one wall a dripping “Z” is spray painted on the rock, probably denoting the Zombie Apocalypse. It's an interesting mine, but I will never enter it again. To see more photos of the Twaddell Mine click here.



Las Flores Canyon's Twadell Mine is one of this canyon's more dangerous mines.
Entry into this mine involves a long belly crawl. If anything happens at this point, you're in real trouble.

Tunnel Number 8

County: Los Angeles

Primary Mineral: Gold, later converted to a water tunnel

Years of Operation: Worked as a gold mine from 1893-1894, used as a water tunnel until 1974, currently used for reclamation by the Las Flores Water Company

Nearest City or Landmark: Cobb Estate, Altadena

Depth: Approx 455 feet


Tunnel 8 in Las Flores Canyon was a gold mine and a water tunnel. Ore cart rails can still be found inside.
Tunnel 8 hasn't been used for drinking water since 1974 because of excessive fluoride and uranium.



























Tunnel Number 8

To the best of my knowledge, Tunnel Number 8 is the only tunnel in the canyon still owned by the Las Flores Water Company. It is currently locked, but for a brief period the gate was open, and I was able to get inside. This is a particularly interesting tunnel, and may well be the longest continuously used tunnel in all of the San Gabriels. You won’t find photos of the inside on any other website, with the exception of Hugh Blanchard’s site. Hugh was one of my main inspirations for seeking out these old mines, but he was unfortunately killed in a fall near Castaic Mine in 2008. 


Inside Las Flores Canyon's Tunnel 8. This mine once supplied Altadena homes with water.
The outer gate of this tunnel is currently locked. At the time I was able to squeeze through the inner door. 



























Tunnel Number 8 is one of the few mines in this canyon that I can actually “prove” was once a gold mine. After entering a padlocked gate there is one more obstacle; squeezing past a heavy metal door, wedged open by sediment. This is a very cramped mine. There are three sets of water pipes ranging from oldest to newest that run along the floor. Underneath them are the original ore cart rails from when the tunnel was used as a gold mine. And along the ceiling is a ventilation pipe, used to keep air fresh in the back of the mine. Near the end of the tunnel I found a large hand-made wooden box, sealed with screws. I have no idea what was inside, and I had planned to come back at a later date to open it up, but unfortunately the tunnel was locked when I returned. The mine ends at a cement bulkhead with numerous valves stemming out from the water pipes. A circular metal door with a handle is embedded in the cement wall. I was tempted to pull it open, but I envisioned a wall of water flooding out, and decided against it.


A cement bulkhead at the rear of Tunnel 9 in Las Flores Canyon. This mine is 455 feet deep.
Bulkhead found at the back of Tunnel 8. I still don't know what lies beyond this circular door.



























Along with many of the other tunnels in this canyon, this one was once a gold mine, which later became a water tunnel owned by the Las Flores Water Company. It was used to supply drinking water to north-central Altadena until 1974, when excessive levels of fluoride and uranium were detected. Since then it has only been used for reclamation purposes. To the best of my knowledge this is the only tunnel in the canyon still owned by the water company. To see more photos of Tunnel 8 click here.


Las Flores Canyon's Tunnel 8 was both a gold mine and a water tunnel. Note the rails below the water pipes.
Most gold mines in this canyon became water tunnels later. Note the ore cart rails beneath the water pipes.



























Update On Tunnel 8

While working on a new tunnel found in this canyon in 2017, I went back to Tunnel 8 to take a few more photographs. To my surprise, a wooden box I had found in the back of the mine two years earlier was now on the outside, smashed open, with the contents removed. How this box made its way outside is a mystery. This mine has been locked up tight for the past two years, and because of multiple obstacles, it could not have washed out of the mine on its own. What was in the box?  Bank loot from an old robbery? More likely it was spare valves for the pipes inside, or possible tools. 


Tunnel 8 in Las Flores Canyon once had a sealed box inside. That box was somehow removed and broken open.
Left: Sealed wooden box found In mine, 2015. Right: Same box broken open, found outside mine in 2017.















Golden Star Mine 

County: Los Angeles

Primary Mineral: Gold

Years of Operation: 1893-1894

Nearest City or Landmark: Cobb Estate, Altadena

Depth: Approx 462 feet


The Golden Star Mine has heavy shoring on the inside, indicating there was a cave in problem.
The Golden Star Mine lies semi-hidden behind a tangle of poison oak. This is one of my favorite mines.



























Golden Star Mine

The Golden Star Mine is one of the few mines in Las Flores Canyon that “may” have never been converted to a water tunnel. In fact, it appears that miners may have purposely filled in the end of the tunnel, to prevent it from filling with water. The Golden Star is semi-hidden behind a jungle of poison oak. The small opening is missing its original door. Once inside, the mine immediately opens up. This is not a dry mine, but is much less wet than many of the others. Ore cart rails are still present, as is a ventilation pipe along the ceiling, but there are no signs of water pipes within.


The pipe along the ceiling of Las Flores Canyon's Golden Star Mine was used to ventilate the back of the mine.
There is a long corridor of heavy shoring in the middle, indicating there was once a cave-in problem.
 
Unlike the other mines, this one has a long section of heavy wooden shoring, indicating there were substantial cave-in problems at one time. The shoring is still holding strong, although one huge boulder is precariously balanced against one of the upright beams. Like Tunnel Number 8, the Golden Star has mine pearls, though not nearly as many. The ones in this mine seem to be larger, and more white in color than the previously mentioned. Also there are small stalactites, and other strange mineral formations along the ceiling, some with a greenish tinge. Along the way there’s an old whiskey bottle; there’s nothing like getting drunk in a dark mine. The end of the mine appears to have been intentionally sealed. It may have been deeper at one time. This appears to be a fill-in rather than a cave-in. Overall, this is one of my favorite mines. It looks like a gold mine you would see in a Hollywood movie. To see more photos of the Golden Star Mine click here.


The Golden Star Mine in Las Flores Canyon contains odd, greenish mineral deposits.
Strange calcium carbonate formations on the ceiling. I'm not sure which mineral causes the green coloration.












Buckley Mine 

County: Los Angeles

Primary Mineral: Gold

Years of Operation: 1893-1894

Nearest City or Landmark: Cobb Estate, Altadena

Depth: Less than 15 feet
 

Las Flores Canyon's Buckley Mine was once home to a homeless man. This is a very shallow mine.
Unfortunately a homeless man moved into the Buckley Mine. I nicknamed him the Christmas Caveman.



























Buckley Mine

The Buckley Mine is a classic exploratory gold mine. Mining was a very expensive and labor intensive endeavor, and exploratory tunnels were designed to test the rock without spending a fortune. This mine apparently did not yield results, and was never enlarged. However, a modern day homeless man saw this as a great place to live, moved in, and decorated it accordingly. I would estimate that he lived inside for the better part of two years, and judging by the great cleanup job, he didn't leave willingly. The Angeles Forest is near L.A. is technically the jurisdiction of the Sheriff’s Dept., however you’ll never see them up here, unless there’s a problem reported. 

My guess is that the water company did just that, and he was forcibly removed. I nicknamed this gentleman the Christmas Caveman, after all the festive decorations he placed around the mine. Along with the tinsel, ornaments, candles and cards, there were other interesting items, such as several cans of empty bear spray, an ice bucket that blocked the mine and a ratty old suit hanging on the hillside (probably for job interviews). During the time I spent looking for mines in this canyon I never saw any sign of him. Maybe he was sleeping inside. To see more photos of the Buckley Mine click here.


Buckley Mine in Las Flores Canyon was a typical, quick exploratory dig, with no results.
Here's the same mine six months later. After two years of inhabiting the mine, the caveman disappeared.



























Unidentified Mine, dubbed the "Square Nail Mine" 

County: Los Angeles

Primary Mineral: Unknown

Years of Operation: Unknown

Nearest City or Landmark: Cobb Estate, Altadena

Depth: Approx 6 feet


I thought this cleft in Las Flores Canyon may have been a buried mine, and later dug it out.
I recognized this as a possible mine and came back six months later with a shovel and a steel rake.



























An Unidentified Mine

During several trips through Las Flores Canyon, I kept noticing a cleft below a rock, filled with leaves. One day I poked a stick in the hole, and identified a possible mine within. I knew it would be a lot of work to dig it out, and that it might be wasted time, but six months later I returned, with a shovel and a steel rake in hand. I was hoping it would be deeper, but it was indeed a mine. Its identity is still unknown. This is the second unidentified mine found in the canyon. Years earlier, friends of Hugh Blanchard found a previously unknown and unmapped mine, near Tunnel Number 9. They dubbed it the Number 9 Annex Tunnel.

As I was digging this out, I found a lot of bottles and cans dating back to the 1970’s, probably from the time when flash floods filled the tunnel in. I often check expiration dates on old trash to get an approximate date when I dig out these old tunnels. Something odd happened while I was digging this out. Four deer came down from a nearby canyon. I stopped to look at them for awhile and went back to work, forgetting about the deer. I was kicking up a lot of dust and stopped to take a water break. When I turned around, the four deer were standing in a semi-circle around me, apparently not afraid of myself or the noise I was making. They were all within 20 feet of me, chomping on grass and unbothered by the digging. I went back to work, and when I turned around a few minutes later, they were gone. Perhaps this canyon really lives up to its nickname, the Enchanted Forest.

Eventually I hit a rock wall, and that was the end of the digging, but in the last pile of dirt I found an old square nail, the same kind and size you would find on a railroad track. I had hoped this hole would be deeper, but nevertheless, it turned out to be a previously unknown mine. I’m sure that it did have a name at one time, but it’s not on any map that I’m aware of. I dubbed this small exploratory mine the "Square Nail Mine". To see more photos of the Unnamed Mine click here.



Here's what it looks like now. I call this one the Square Nail Mine, dubbed after a spike I found inside.



























The Unfound Mines

The mines you see on this page are not the only mines in the canyon. Several others have been found by other explorers, but I have not located them yet. Searching for gully mines is difficult and sometimes dangerous, but you’ll probably be seeing additional mines on this page in the future. The mines that have been confirmed to exist that I have not yet found are as follows …. Tunnel Number 9, Tunnel Number 9 Annex (a previously unknown mine), Tunnel Number 7 and the McNally Mine. There may be others. Gold mining claims included the Jessie Marie, the Pasadena, the Altadena, the Monitor and the Bald Eagle, however it is my guess that these mines were all replaced with numbers when they were converted to water tunnels. And so, the search continues. 


The portal of this unidentified mine in Las Flores Canyon was probably about six feet tall in the 1800's.
This is the portal to a new tunnel, discovered sometime in 2017. It still needs some widening on the inside.



























The New Tunnel

Sometime in 2017 a new mine was discovered, seen in the photos above and below. By whom I do not know. I seldom visit this canyon anymore, as I am more focused on the East Fork of the San Gabriel River. Many thanks to Matthew Jackson for bringing this mine to my attention. I must have walked past it 20 times before, but someone with a better eye than mine spotted it, cleared the brush and excavated the portal. This discovery is the 12th known mine to be found in Las Flores Canyon and its side gullies. There are most likely others.


These ore cart rails can be found in front of an unidentified tunnel in Las Flores Canyon.
Outside of the portal there are remnants of iron ore cart rails, indicating that this was a gold mine.

At the 20 foot mark there is the typical narrow squeeze area that still needs widening. I call these areas "bumps", which seem to occur in all sediment filled mines. Dirt and debris is pushed in by flooding and forms a narrow spot that is extremely difficult to remove.  Beyond this point the mines usually open up. I would expect that this one is tall enough to walk through after a long crawl, but for now I can only guess.


This is the first clog in Las Flores Canyon's new tunnel. The second is at 43 feet.
At about 20 feet in the mine will need widening. After this point I expect that the mine will open up.

Ore cart rails to the left of the portal tell me this was a gold mine, as virtually all of the mines in this canyon were at one time. Most of them later merged with the Las Flores Water Company, if the miners were lucky enough to hit water. So far this one does not appear to be one of them. The name of this mine may never be known, but for now I'll refer to it as the "New Tunnel". If the narrow area can be widened it will be interesting to find out how deep it goes, but I have no intention of going inside before then.


At the second clog in Las Flores Canyon's new tunnel I found an old miner's lamp.
The second clog, at the 43 foot mark. Behind the right dirt mound I found an amazing miner's lamp.



























Update On The New Tunnel 

After a leg injury in the East Fork I took some time off to recover. Upon returning to the mine I found that my tools had been stolen. Despite this, I decided to measure the mine as far in as I could go. The clog at 20 feet had been nicely widened by the Jackson brothers. This long belly crawl eventually opens up to a knee crawl, but then there is a second clog, even worse than the first. The opening narrowed to less than a foot. Could this area be widened? Absolutely. Do I have little motivation to do it after losing my tools? Absolutely not. There was however, a consolation prize buried in the second clog.


I found this miner's lamp sticking out of the dirt at the second clog, in Las Flores Canyon's new tunnel.
A hand held miner's lamp found at the 45 foot mark. The head is detachable and once contained a wick.



























At the 45 foot mark I shined my flashlight though the narrow hole to see how much farther back it went. I keeps going, apparently much further. As I was poking my hand through the hole, it scraped against something metallic, buried in the dirt. At this point I had no tools, but was able to dig it out with my hands. It appeared to by an old oil can, but what would an item like this be doing in a mine from the late 1800's? I took it home and researched it. And apparently this was not an oil can. It's an old hand held miner's lamp, with a detachable head, where the wick would have gone. Miner's in the 1800's did not have flashlights, so normally they would use carbide lamps attached to their helmets. Sometimes they'd also carry wick lamps, like the one pictured above. Although explosives were used to widen the mines, much of the chiseling was done by hand. This mine would have been between 5 and 6 feet tall, and probably still is a little further back. I'm done with this one, so we'll probably never know for sure. For more photos of the New Tunnel click here.


Las Flores Canyon has many side gullies. The miner's drill bit was found in one of them.
I found this drill bit stuck in the rock of a nearby side canyon. These were used to create holes for blasting.



























Cobb Estate

In 1918 Charles Cobb built an estate on a sprawling 107 acre property as his summer home in the foothills north of Pasadena. There was once a beautiful mansion here, in fact it was said to be one of the first homes in California ever to use air conditioning. Cobb was a wealthy lumber magnate, known to be a Mason and a supporter of the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Pasadena. Eventually the estate became his permanent home, where he lived until his death in 1939. The land was then deeded to the Pasadena Masons in his will.


Las Flores Canyon lies behind the ruins of the old Cobb Estate in Altadena.
Cobb Estate, once owned by a wealthy lumber magnate is now part of the Angeles National Forest.



























The property was later purchased and converted to a retreat for the Sisters of St. Joseph until it was purchased by the famous Marx Brothers in 1956. Unfortunately the once beautiful estate soon fell into decay and became host to delinquents and criminal activity. The home was demolished in 1959, leaving only scattered remnants of steps and walls behind. The Marx Brothers had planned to turn the property into a cemetery, but that never materialized, and in 1971 the property was offered up for auction. Thanks to determined fundraising, local preservation groups and the John Muir High School Conservation Club, $175,000 was raised to save the land from being purchased by real estate developers who had planned on building tract housing. A local philanthropist named Virginia Steele Scott, donated the bulk of the proceeds, under the condition that no structures would be built on the land, not even tables, or restrooms. Under that stipulation the property became part of the Angeles National Forest. 


Left Top - Deteriorating Cobb Estate, Left Bottom - Marx Bros., last owners, Right - 1971 public auction
Top Left: Cobb Mansion in decay, Bottom Left: Marx Brothers (former owners), Right: Public Auction in 1971



























The Haunted / Enchanted Forest

Cobb Estate, and the canyon behind it have long been rumored to be haunted. I remember visiting this area as a teenager at night, in hopes of seeing something paranormal. Reports of Satanic cults, KKK gatherings and unexplained lights and screams have gone on for as long as I can remember. Most, if not all of this was urban legend. Today, virtually no one visits Las Flores Canyon behind the estate, and very few people know of its gold mining history. I’ve climbed up almost as far as the headwall of the canyon, an extremely hard area to get to. No ghosts, although I have often heard voices that seem to come from nowhere.  Actually those sounds came from people hiking on the Sam Merrill Trail to Echo Mountain high above. 


Las Flores Canyon is a long forgotten gold mining hotspot, also known as the Haunted Forest.
Las Flores Canyon has been largely forgotten and has long been rumored to be haunted.
   
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4 comments:

  1. My brother and I crawled through the mine for about 20 feet, found a lot of rats, and crawled back out. The mine continued past the rats, farther than we can see. this sunday, the 8th, we will go back and excavate the tunnel some more. I will send you some pictures and keep you up to date!!

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    1. I added some photos of that mine a few photos up. That tight area needs some widening, but it should open up after that.

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  2. I am extremely sorry about your tools being stolen. I assume my rope is also gone. I will still try to widen the entrance and open up that clog in the back.

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    1. Unfortunately they took the rope, the shovel, the hoe and my gloves. But for some reason they left the steel rake behind. If you continue to work on it, be careful in the second clog area. The dirt is fairly soft back there. It looks like they also tried to open up another area that looked like a mine downstream from the new tunnel, but it isn't one.

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