Mining in the Soledad Canyon region took off in the 1870s with new gold discoveries in the Acton area and the completion of the Southern Pacific Railroad.  A new mining district, the Cedar, was created in the Acton area. Most of the gold ever recovered in Los Angeles County came from the Soledad Mines!

Between Acton and Ravenna, the Emma Consolidated Mining Company held the Emma, Bullion, Pacific, and London mines. These were reported to be silver and copper ore claims. The Emma is located on the south side of Parker Mtn. It has been reported inactive since 1900 except for brief ventures in 1926 and 1944.

emma mine, acton, soledad canyon, parker mountainView from Soledad Canyon towards Parker Mtn

emma mine, acton, soledad canyon, parker mountainRemnants of a possible dam in one of the canyons…

emma mine, acton, soledad canyon, parker mountainView south of Parker Mtn, facing the San Gabriels

emma mine, acton, soledad canyon, parker mountainDirectly west of Parker Mtn, fascinating geological formations

emma mine, acton, soledad canyon, parker mountainThree hikers I spotted hiking down adjoining ridge

emma mine, acton, soledad canyon, parker mountainThe Emma Annex, smaller adit located close to the main tunnel. According to Hugh Blanchard, the entrance crawl opens up with two walking passages totaling 278 feet

emma mine, acton, soledad canyon, parker mountainCentury old mining has left behind outcroppings of beautiful mineral deposits

emma mine, acton, soledad canyon, parker mountainEmerald-green waxy quartz

emma mine, acton, soledad canyon, parker mountainWood pilings that have seen better days as structures

emma mine, acton, soledad canyon, parker mountainThe main tunnel. It goes in about 300 ft+ long.

Hugh Blanchard had measured the mine at 312 ft and the annex at 278 feet. There are two additional entrances that I was able to locate that have been buried and/or sealed for good.

IMG_1238This place has seen better days 🙂