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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Black Mountain

Zak and I decided to do a trash clean up in the abandoned arsenic mines over by Black Mountain so I thought it would be nice to take some pictures.

It's a really neat place tucked away in a crevice of the mountain with some cool history to it. The mine was funded by actor and rancher, Frank Hopkins, and was used to obtain white arsenic. At the time, the South had a bad boll weevil infestation and white arsenic was known to be an ingredient for a pesticide that attacked boll weevils. The mine was abandoned not long after it was founded since a few years of rough weather in the South was enough to get rid of the boll weevils. What remains is a cool little secret of San Diego...

The entrance to Black Mountain

I am not entirely sure what this is (oven maybe?)

Destroyed mine shaft

Destroyed mine shaft pt. II

Exploratory mining cave

Crashed Jeep, no idea what the story behind this is

Giant flume that scales down the mountain and to the mines

Climbing up said flume

So yeah, that's it.

Special thanks to Zak for doing this with me! I've been wanting to do this for a while and I'm glad to say that we cleaned up a considerable amount of trash.

Happy Hiking


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