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Cartago

In the 1870's bullion bars from Cerro Gordo mines were hauled across Owens Lake on the steamer "Bessie Brady" to Cartago boat landing. Remi Nadeau's 14-mule teams hauled the bullion to Los Angeles returning with freight.

Cartago is located on the west side of Owens Lake 3 miles north of Olancha, at an elevation of 3629 feet
    * Cartago Wildlife Area is 218 acres of fresh water wetland and springs providing habitat for waterfowl, wading birds and shorebirds including western snowy plovers, white-faced ibis and rails. Owens Lake has been designated a Nationally Significant Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society and American Bird Conservancy and 144 bird species have been documented on the area.

    * Topography of the area is generally flat and at an elevation of 3,600'.

    * Ruins of an old soda ash processing plant are on the southwest side of the wildlife area. Old dikes 3'-4' high extend into Owens Lake bed and encircle ponds which were once used as soda evaporators. Snowy plovers nest on the salt pans.

    * California Department of Fish & Game

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