Silver was first discovered in this area in 1908. Very shortly afterwards, this mine began operation. It is not known what quantities were produced during this phase of its operation, but it is known that it produced substantial quantities of both silver and cobalt.
Operation would begin again under Rustex as the Rusty Lake Mine, producing by 1966 approximately 90,000 ounces of silver. Known reserves on the property are in excess of 150,000 ounces. The main vein at this location is noted as being over 1100 feet in length.
While I'm aware of at least two periods of activity on this site, I'm not sure which period these ruins are actually from. Information is sketchy as to when Rustex took over, and whether there was a lapse of activity between ownership.
In any event, as you can see from the photos, the head-frame has collapsed, exposing the shaft. The construction appears quite similar to those found in the Cobalt area going back to the near the turn of the century, again making the ages of these structures difficult to determine.
The mosquitoes were brutal going in, but all in all, this was well worth it.