Since the 1848 discovery of gold in
Valley has experienced over 140 years of boom and bust mining, creating a
number of ghost towns in the area. Little did those many miners passing
through the area in 1849 know that there were vast deposits of gold,
silver, copper, and borax just waiting to be taken out of the mountains
and valley floor.
From the 1880's to early 1900's mining was limited and
sporadic in the Death Valley region, mostly because many of these early
mining districts met with a notable lack of success. Primitive and
inefficient technology, scarcity of water and fuel, and the difficulties
of transportation made it economically impossible to mine any but the
highest grade ores. Some of the towns that died even before the turn of the
Kasson, Rhodes Spring, Old Tecopa, Old Stovepipe Wells,
and Panamint City, as well as dozens of mines.
20 Mule Team Wagon, Harmony Borax Works, Death Valley, California, Kathy
Weiser, February, 2015.