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Cerro Gordo

The "fat hill" produced silver, lead and zinc for a century. At its peak over 1,000 people lived here working in mines as the San Felipe and Union. At the time the smelters were the best there were. Silver was roasted and formed into bullion, sent down the Yellow Grade road by mule team, then shipped across Owen's Lake by steamboat. From the lakeside port of Cartago the bullion was loaded onto Remi Nadeau's freighters and hauled into Los Angeles.

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Cerro Gordo
Wandering prospectors from the Coso area were responsible for the discovery and early development of Cerro Gordo. In 1865, Pablo Flores discovered rich ...

History of Cerro Gordo
The rise and fall of Cerro Gordo in the Lone Pine Mining District.

Cerro Gordo
Cerro Gordo is an abandoned mining town in central Inyo County. It consists of a number of wooden buildings, the most imposing of which is the two-story ...

Remi Nadeau
During the silver-mining excitement in the Cerro Gordo region of Inyo County his ... Remi Nadeau's Cerro Gordo Freighting Company hauled the charcoal to the ...

Mojave Desert Mining History - Includes additional northern areas
The Rise & Fall of Cerro Gordo Originally a small-scale operation worked by Mexicans between 1862 and 1866, the mine was included . ...

Timeline of History of the Mojave Desert
1873 Remi Nadeau operates 80 freight teams hauling silver bullion from the mines at Cerro Gordo to Los Angeles 1883 Railroad completed ...

Inyo County Mining History
... not in finding the Lost Gunsight Mine, but gold, which developed into Coso.4 . By permission. Russ Harthill Coso White Mountain City Cerro Gordo ...

Tecopa Mines
At approximately the same time Pablo Flores discovered Cerro Gordo, silver-lead ores were discovered at Tecopa. Little is known of the early history of this ...

Beveridge
Production on the Comstock fell to $20000000 (half it's 1876 production) while Darwin and Cerro Gordo were also declining rapidly. ...

Cerro Gordo Graveyard
As a busy silver mining town Cerro Gordo had its fair share of deaths. At one time several hundred graves were marked along the hill overlooking the Owens ...

Cerro Gordo Route Guide
The rich silver mines of Cerro Gordo, high in the Inyo Mountains, transformed the pueblo of Los Angeles into a busy center of commerce. ...

Mojave Desert Ghost Towns
Landing and loading point for bullion from Cerro Gordo mines. ... Port and bullion production town for Cerro Gordo mines. ...

Lone Pine California
Cartago In the 1870's bullion bars from Cerro Gordo mines were hauled across Owens ... THE RICH SILVER MINES OF CERRO GORDO, HIGH IN THE INYO MOUNTAINS, ...

Owens Valley
Ghost Towns - Owens Lake port for bullion from Cerro Gordo. ... Ghost Town - Refining and shipping operations for Cerro Gordo. ...

Route Guides
The rich silver mines of Cerro Gordo, high in the Inyo Mountains, transformed the pueblo of Los Angeles into a busyy center of commerce. ...

Owens Valley: Mojave Desert Ecological Subsections
Owens Valley as seen from Cerro Gordo, Inyo Mountains Owens Valley Wilderness Areas Coso Range Inyo Mountains Malpais Mesa Geomorphic Province ...

Mojave Desert Wilderness Areas
Cerro Gordo 59. Fossil Falls 62. Jawbone/Butterbedt 63. Horse Canyon 64. Last Chance Canyon 65. Desert Tortoise Area 66. Western Rand Mountains ...

Cartago - Owens Valley
In the 1870's bullion bars from Cerro Gordo mines were hauled across Owens Lake on the steamer "Bessie Brady" to Cartago boat landing. ...

Swansea
Two furnaces smelting silver ore coming out of Cerro Gordo were built and the town boomed to over 2000 people. During World War one, Swansea was the ...

Keeler Ghost Town, north Mojave Desert, Owens Valley
Keeler was built to compete with Swansea as a smelting operation and port for shipping silver and lead from the Cerro Gordo mines. ...

Wildrose Charcoal Kilns - Death Valley National Park
Remi Nadeau's Cerro Gordo Freighting Company hauled the charcoal to the smelters by pack train and wagon. Each of the 10 kilns stands about 25 feet tall and ...

Cottonwood Kilns - Mojave Desert
... the "Mollie Stevens" or "Bessie Brady" steamers, then hauled by wagon up the "Yellow Grade" to the Cerro Gordo mines for use in thier smelter furnaces. ...

Horseshoe Meadow Route Guide
At the canyon's head are the ruins of Stevens' Sawmill, where Colonel Sherman Stevens supplied wood for the Cerro Gordo mining operation (Route 1). ...

Inyo Mountains Wilderness
ACCESS: Access the southern boundary via the San Lucas Canyon or Cerro Gordo roads. The west and northern reaches via the Lone Pine-Owenyo and Mazourka ...
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