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Wagon Roads

Slate Range Roads

D1 Cache Creek and
D2 White Rock Creek.

Developed in the 1860 ' s to serve the prospects of the Slate Range, the Borax trade from Searles Lake and in the 1870' s the El Paso mines in today's El Paso Mountains.

The roads are depicted on the Rand-McNally map of 1876.

101. Kelso Valley (misplaced on map)
102. Dry Lake (Koehn Dry Lake)
103. Mesquit Spring (Mesa Spring in El Paso Mts.)
104. El Paso Peak
105. Grapevine City (probably near or at today's Cantil)
106. El Paso City (near or at today's Goler).
107. Ophir City (difficult to locate on today's maps).

Site closest to the China Lake (then Desert Springs Salt Marsh) and Searles Lake borax deposits. May have been at present Ridgecrest or some other site south and east of it which could serve both borax operations.

D1. Cache Creek Road. Tehachapi Town - via road along Cache Creek to junction with Owens River Road west of Cantil.

D2. Another road to Slate Range west via Tehachapi Pass and White Rock Creek, along south shore of Koehn Dry Lake, to El Paso City (Goler). In late 1860 's road to Claraville in mountains cut off the Cache Creek Road at Cottonwood Valley, headed north to

108. Claraville and north to Walker's Pass Road (RandMcNally)




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