All that is left is the large dump rock piles, a few concrete hoist bases, and a deep clear shaft encircled with a simple steel fence.
As is the case with many old mines, when work is ceased at a specific site, the wood, tools and machinery are packed up and reused at the next promising location.
The " sanitary " can is now used by the best packers.
In this can the food is hermetically sealed without the use of solder by a clever mechanical device which folds and compresses the overlapping edges of the top and sides of the can.
Sometime during this active mining period the Whispering Ranch Shaft was driven deep into the ground.
Since official records are lost or forgotten, we really don't even know the original name of the shaft or when it was dug.
The Vulture produced well over 200 million dollars until it was closed during World War II in 1942.The shaft itself is a straight vertical drop of at least 180 feet down to some complex wooden cribbing.Near the bottom is a horizontal drift that was dug following the ore body.Quantities of swelled cans are returned constantly to packers and distributors, and unscrupulous handlers of such goods are known to have returned them to the market by the process of puncturing the can along the side to allow the escape of gas, then re-heating, re-sealing, and re-labeling.Such practice may be detected on opening the can by the presence of the punctured and soldered spot.