Destination: Banker Mine
General Location: Southwest of Winfield
How To Get There: Follow County Road 390 (the left fork out of Winfield) approximately 1.7 miles
Difficulty: Travel is restricted to high clearance four wheel drive vehicles, however this is a very easy 4 wheel drive road and goes all the way to the mine and remaining buildings without major difficulty.
Private Property & Responsible Recreation: Venturing off of public roads and lands onto private land is trespassing. The surrounding mountains have miles of underground tunnels and shafts. The area is dangerous and a once safe and stable area can suddenly collapse. The buildings also are in various state of decay and are also unsafe. Obey any posted signs, travel & recreate responsibly, and always tread lightly.
History of The Banker Mine: The Banker Mine was started in the late 1890's and operated, off and on, until as late as 1927. It bragged a tunnel 3,700 feet long and shipped mostly silver and lead. Being one of the best producers in the area, the mine was well equipped with boarding houses, office, assay office, 100 horse-power boilers and compressors. In November of 1903 The Mining News reported, "Mr. Stahler, manager, has shipped 7 cars of ore within the last 6 weeks, the average of which ran better than $100 to the ton. The last car of first grade that was sent out ran 335 ounces silver to the ton."
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