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Cronese vs. CroniseNamed for either Titus Fey Cronise, a California pioneer and author of the Natural Wealth of California (published in 1868), or William H. V. Cronese. They were both officers of the Piute Mining Company in 1870. The accepted spelling is with an "e" (Cronese) for the community and station and an "i" (Cronise) for the spring, mountains, valley, and lakes.
CroneseThe Homestead area in the east end of Cronise Valley. In 1920 Elmo Proctor tried to raise crops on his homestead; he planted milo maize, Sudan grass, sorghum, watermelons, cantaloupe, Durango cotten, squash, pumpkins, beans, and date palms. Because of the climate and poor soil, none of it lasted more than a year or so. There is little or no evidence left of any homestead today.
Cronese StationA service station and cafe on the south side of US 91/466 18 miles west of Baker at Cronise Basin that was owned and operated by Elmo Proctor and his family until the I-15 highway realignment in the 1960s. Also known as Proctor's or Proctor's Cronese Station.
Cronise LakeA dry lake in Cronise Valley. In 1940 the Union Pacific Railroad built a levy to direct floodwaters into Cronise Lake but it overflowed them formed little Cronise Lake. The two lakes are also known as East Cronise Lake (on the eastside of Cronise Mountains) and West Cronise Lake (on the westside of Cronise Mountains).
Cronise MountainsA ridge, generally northeast trending and 4 miles long, 17 miles southwest of Baker.
Cronise SpringA spring at the southeast end of Cronise dry Lake and at the southwest base of Soda Lake Mountain.
Cronise ValleyA valley 50 miles southwest of Baker and southeast of the Cronise Mountains. The first known European in the area was Lt. Milton Carr in 1860 while a member of Carlton's Piute campaign.
Mojave Desert Dictionary