American Flats-Gold Hill Nevada

Circa 1925 Courtesy of BLM

Circa 1925 Courtesy of BLM

American Flats

American Flats-Gold Hill Nevada

Built in 1922 at a cost of 1.5 million, American Flats located on public lands just west of Gold Hill Nevada, was the worlds largest concrete structure used to process about 7.5 million in local gold and silver using cyanide vat leaching. This important piece of Comstock History is now a skeletal remain of broken concrete and water filled tunnels. Abandoned since 1926 due to falling silver prices, it is used as a palette for graffiti artists and paint ball wars. Some think the place to be paranormal, although in the many times I’ve visited there I haven’t experienced it; but that’s not to say it doesn’t have ghosts. It has since been closed to the public for safety reasons because of the deterioration of the reinforced concrete columns.They have fenced off the area surrounding the mine due to high risk liability to the federal government.

American Flats Silver Mine

American Flats

If you are concerned about getting up close, you can still photograph American Flats mine from a distance, so have a good telephoto ready.

American Flats Silver Mine

American Flats Silver Mine in Gold Hill Nevada

There are some very talented graffiti artists here and some graffiti is known to be at least 50 years old. It has been painted over several times but remnants of older graffiti can be seen. It’s like an outdoor gallery for them to display their craft. I am not justifying that this is the right thing to do, because it is defacing property. Steep fines accompany trespassing if you get caught at it. They are watching it more closely now due to mining in an adjacent area there. They have posted signs on how to get there, but its mostly because they don’t want people driving into the new mine area.

American Flats

American Flats Graffiti

The main road in has been redeveloped for the new mine traffic and the road that goes down to the flat mine was steep and rocky the last time I was there. It could be better or worse depending on the weather. You will need a four wheel drive to get down that road or you can park and hike. It’s about a half mile hike in from the beginning of the dirt road.

Thanks for joining me on this virtual journey!
Sal

Revision 2015: American Flats has since been torn down and no longer exists. I am honored to have had the opportunity to photograph such an iconic place.

“the journey that you take is more important than your destination”
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About sally

“All too often, we take for granted the gifts of nature that surround us everyday.” With her camera, Sally Hanrahan captures images that move the spirit and imagination, and marries those images of spiritual, natural, and rugged beauty with the changing of the seasons. Originally from Michigan, Sally’s interest as a photographer came at the early age of fifteen. Her parent’s love of nature influenced her appreciation for the beauty and serenity that Mother Earth created. Her Grandmother’s love of photography and her Mother’s amazing talent with oils and watercolors brought to life the landscapes she yearned to visit. A self trained photographer with a natural talent, Sally has been capturing landscapes for over 30 years. Her pictures were shown at the 2007 Sierra Autumn Photo Exhibit at Bartley Ranch and won the 2nd place People’s Choice Award for ‘Fall at Caughlin Ranch.’ Sally took first place in two categories for the Nevada Magazine’s 2011 Great Nevada Picture Hunt and won Event runner up in 2015. She has shown ‘Fighting Mustangs’, a tribute to the wild horses of Nevada, both at the Artistic Viewpoints Gallery in Gardnerville, NV for the Wild Mustang Exhibit, and at the Truckee River Gallery in Reno for the ‘Art of the Horse’ exhibit. She was among those who showed at the Patagonia outlet for the Winnemucca Ranch fundraiser. In addition, Sally has presented her photo art periodically at the Truckee River Gallery in downtown Reno and for the Nevada Land Trust Fundraisers at Rancho San Rafael Wilbur D. May Museum. Sally moved to Reno in 2006, and devotes her high energy and free time to hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, and anything having to do with the outdoors. She has worked as a landscape designer for over 25 years and is especially fond of perennial gardens. The landscape is her pallet and her camera is always hanging from her shoulder ready for the next breathtaking shot. “The journey that you take is more important than your destination” Unknown www.sallyhanrahanphotography.com salgal777@me.com
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