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Lost John Galler Mine


Manly Peak is apparently home to a couple of lost mines, one somewhere on the northwestern slope of the peak above Redlands Canyon, and the other a placer deposit somewhere near the bottom of Goler Wash. The Manly Peak area is located in the southern half of the Panamint Range. This portion of the range is composed of Precambrian metamorphic and sedimentary basement rock intruded by younger Mesozoic-age granitic rocks and younger still Tertiary volcanic rocks. The entire southern spur of the Panamint Range is overlain by these younger Tertiary volcanics. This volcanic field is fairly extensive, covering nearly 120 square

miles of area. The contact between the Tertiary volcanics and the older rocks to the north lies just south of Manly Peak, within Goler Wash. Here, the older Mesozoic-age granites of Manly Peak are in contact with the younger Tertiary volcanics. The contact is apparently fault-bounded. A small wedge of Cambrian marine deposits occurs just south of Goler Wash, along the spine of the range. Several mines occur along the contact between this wedge of Cambrian sediments and the older Precambrian metamorphic country rock.


The southern Panamint Range presents a modicum of prospecting potential to the hardy treasure-seeker. Prospectors may want to concentrate on the many canyons that drain the western flanks of the range. These include Middle Park Canyon, South Park Canyon, Big Horn Canyon, Redlands Canyon, Coyote Canyon, and Goler Wash. Goler

Wash is traditionally considered to be the site of John Galler's lost mine. The canyon has yielded gold in the past. The noted Death Valley prospector Carl Mengel discovered a small but rich pocket of gold in the area during the early 1900's. Other pockets may still lie hidden.