Valleys & Basins
Cronese vs. Cronise
Named 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.
The 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.
A 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.
A 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).
A ridge, generally northeast trending and 4 miles long, 17 miles southwest of Baker.
A spring at the southeast end of Cronise dry Lake and at the southwest base of Soda Lake Mountain.
A 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.
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