Yellow Ledges Mine
George Thompson tells the following story in his book "Faded Footprints" (pg, 133) which could be referring to the mine above.
"If you look closely, you might see an old mine on the west side of the canyon just before the old road which used to follow the Yellowstone River leaves Indian land to enter the national forest. It is often difficult to see when summer growth covers the mountain, for its opening was covered with stones and grassy top soil a long time ago. Just beyond that mine are the Yellow Ledges, shown on most forest maps. Recently some tests were made on surface ore which came from those Yellow Ledges, which revealed that there is a lot of silver there. One of the clues Caleb Rhoads mentioned was that one of his mines was located close to some yellow ledges. That ledge area along the Yellowstone is peculiar, which places which are barren, where nothing grows. An engineer may have learned why that is, for he tested water from springs below those ledges and discovered they have a Ph factor of 2.8, which he says accounts for the sterility of the soil and rock. A PH factor of 7 represents a neutral condition, while 2.8 indicates that water is highly acidic, a condition no doubt caused by those spring waters percolating through ore beds somewhere below the surface; according to that engineer, probably close to the surface. It is noteworthy that those springs are located right where the eastern end of the Hoyt Peak Fault breaks the surface."
The mine is covered with rocks and logs to make it appear caved or filled in.
Below the first layer of rock and debris there is a tarp and another layer of logs underneath to keep the entrance accessible.
George again tells of another mine close by the one mentioned above in his book "Faded Footprints" (pg, 133).
"There is still another Spanish diggings in sight of those Yellow Ledges, but lower on the slope and nearer the river. It is more difficult to find, for some years back the Ute Tribe had the tunnel and waste dump leveled off, but if you climb atop the low ridge which runs between the present road and the river, you can see where it was located. Before it was leveled, there was a large tunnel there, big enough that horse drawn carettas could be taken into it. A wide vein of low grade ore can still be seen about a half-mile before entering forest lands, just after a cattle guard is crossed. That low-grade ore was carried to the river on carettas, where it was concentrated. You can still see where rock from that mine was dumped into and along the river. There is a story that some bars of silver are still buried near that mill site. There are a few old-timers in the Altamont area who say that a Forest Ranger recovered two of those bars. One of the Ute tribal council warned him not to go back there, and he didn't.
The tunnel was flooded only 20- 30 ft. back. This appears to be a natural cave and there are no apparent signs of mining. Perhaps we need to keep searching for the lost "flooded mine".
Gale Rhoades published this map he made based on the story that Jack Spencer told him of his discovery near Swift Creek in his book "Lost Gold of the Uintah".
Lime Kiln Springs
Gale Rhoades tells the following in his book "Lost Gold of the Uintah".