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Re: The Story of the Pine Creek Tungsten Mine
« Reply #50 on: October 23, 2017, 07:41:55 PM »
More good info thanks Gary C.

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« Reply #51 on: October 24, 2017, 05:54:27 AM »
Interesting that they call the transportation into the mine "Man-Trains" while on the tour I took they were called ore cars driven by electric mules.  Thanks for the video.
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« Reply #52 on: November 29, 2017, 04:17:21 PM »
Hello everyone,

I'm from Catalonia and I've joined this forum because of a car. Let me explain.

I'm 23 and a classic car enthusiast, love 50's american cars but there are non of them here at all, the thing is I knew someone who lived sometimes in Barcelona, sometimes in L.A. And asked him to look a particular car for me (back in 2016), a 1958 Plymouth. After a while he sent me some pics of a car, which he bought and sent to Catalonia for me. I didn't really knew, talked or met the owner, as I never went to USA, but here is where the story has something to do with the forum I guess.

Thanks to the paperwork I got I knew the car came from Bishop, but the pictures of it were not in a town, were somewhere in the mountains near there, I've spent some hours searching online and in google maps arround Bishop in the mountains and I think I found the place where the car was parked (shown in the first pic) and have been able to read in google maps "tungstene mine" and my search has started here, I'll show you some pictures but I think that car belonged to the Pine Creek Mine, maybe you could help me know if I am right with the pics I'll show you.









It would be nice for me to know if that car belonged to the mine, who was the owner, its story... I'm completely restoring it and maybe there's an interesting story behind it, as the mine itself is, more over being in such a beautiful place.

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Pau

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Re: The Story of the Pine Creek Tungsten Mine
« Reply #53 on: November 30, 2017, 06:56:58 AM »
Yes, thatís the Pine Creek Tungsten Mine site. 

The Pine Creek Tungsten Mine was an extraordinary operation. Begun in 1916, the mine operated until 2001, producing (along with the Climax mine in Colorado) 93% of the tungsten produced in the United States as of 1977. Low cost imports led to the mothballing of the mine in 2001.  The main ore is scheelite, a calcium tungstate mineral that is notable for its intense fluorescence in ultraviolet light.

The mine itself was a technological achievement.  Most mines go down into the ground, but the ore in Pine Creek Tungsten Mine extended to 12,000 feet up into the adjacent peak.  Miners could enter the mine at 8,000 feet and work some 4,000 feet higher up in the mountain.

As for the cars history, you could start with the mine owners, Craig Rossell and Lynn Goodfellow.  You can find their email & phone #ís through an internet search. 
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« Reply #54 on: April 25, 2018, 09:10:56 PM »
Hi,i was the second owner of the car,it came from a farm in chalfant valley,my friends granpa was the owner,he drove the car till he got ill and died,hes family parked the car and never used it again.....i got the car up to the mine and tried to start it...it sat since 1982,the valves got stuck and rusty from sitting from sitting,it almost started up.....due to many projects i decided to sell it,it was a big surprise to see the car to go to spain but it seems the right person has it now...it gives me time and money to get my 1946 dodge powerwagon going.

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Re: The Story of the Pine Creek Tungsten Mine
« Reply #55 on: April 26, 2018, 02:48:29 AM »
Of course we need to see some pictures of the 46 Dodge.  :D

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« Reply #56 on: April 26, 2018, 09:42:08 AM »
I second that. :clap:

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« Reply #57 on: April 28, 2018, 04:18:20 PM »
Whatís unusual about the Dodge Power Wagons is the stars (Like in US Stars and Stripes) painted on the ceiling in the cab, very similar to the trucks I drove when I was in the military (Deuce and a Half).  Seen several abandoned Dodge Power Wagons around Owens Valley.  One is near Owens Lake (Dry) and another near Bishop (Photo below).



Older Model Dodge Power Wagon
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