Wall Street Mill, Joshua Tree National Park

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The Wall Street Mill in Joshua Tree National Park was a complete and operable gold ore crushing mill featuring late-19th century two-stamp mill machinery. Consequently, the significance encompasses the mill machinery, the building which houses it, the well which supplied water for the mill's operation, and the well pump. It is the only gold ore crushing mill in the region that retains integrity.

The stamp mill building is framed with heavy timber and built on a downward sloping hillside to take advantage of gravity in the milling process. The roof and some of the exterior walls are covered with corrugated sheet metal, while some of the exterior walls have either vertical or horizontal wooden siding. At the top of the building a long wooden ramp supports the track of an ore tramway which carried ore from where it was unloaded from trucks to the top of the mill above the two-stamp Baker Iron Works crusher. A gasoline engine powered the mill; it was built by the Western Gas Engine Company of Los Angeles. A Myer concentrating table was used in separating the gold from the ore.
The complex included the mill, a well, a bunkhouse and an outhouse. The supporting buildings are largely ruinous.
The mill was built by Bill Keys, a local rancher, miner and character, using equipment moved from Pinon Wells. In the 1940s, Keys was involved in a dispute with Worth Bagley over access to the Wall Street Mill. Keys shot and killed Bagley in 1943 and placed a stone commemorating the event with the inscription: "Here is where Worth Bagley bit the dust at the hand of W. F. Keys, May 11, 1943." The marker is not a part of the Wall Street Mill historic district.
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  • Wall Street Mill area was my favorite hike in Joshua Tree. The abandoned sites made for some great photo opportunities but the entire area was scenic with all of the Joshua Trees complementing the... 
    Wall Street Mill area was my favorite hike in Joshua Tree. The abandoned sites made for some great photo opportunities but the entire area was scenic with all of the Joshua Trees complementing the...  more »
  • The hike to Wall Street Mill is an enjoyable 1.5 mi round trip that culminates at the site of the Mill. This is not a mine in and of itself, rather it is a site that crushes up the mined rock to... 
    The hike to Wall Street Mill is an enjoyable 1.5 mi round trip that culminates at the site of the Mill. This is not a mine in and of itself, rather it is a site that crushes up the mined rock to...  more »
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  • This is an easy and very interesting hike in JTNP. I recommend you include the pink homestead and the grounds around it as well as the mill and old cars/trucks. We spent nearly two hours here.
  • One of my favored hikes in Joshua Tree and easily done with Barker Dam at same time and same parking. Lots of old west history along this hike and stunning views including native American petroglyphs and caves and many grinding stone encampments as well as old 1930s cars and old mines. Lots of desert wildlife like the giant chuckawalla lizards. March the Joshua trees and yucca are in bloom and early April the wildflowers are in full bloom in great contrast to the old rusted cars and mines.

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