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Death Valley Ghost Town Index - Page 2

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A mine at Bonnie Claire, Nevada.

A smaller mine across from the main Bonnie Claire Mine, photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander, February, 2015.

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20-Mule Team, Death Valley, California, 1949

20-Mule Team, Death Valley, California, 1949.

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Since the 1848 discovery of gold in California, Death Valley has experienced over 140 years of boom and bust mining. From the 1880s to 2005, mining took place in the region. As a result, there are numerous ghost towns in the Death Valley area in both California and Nevada.

 

 

Ghost Towns, Mining Camps, and Closed Mines:

 

 

Ghost Town or Mine

Location

Remains/Notes

Amargosa, Nevada East of Amargosa Valley, Nevada

Railroad foundation only.

Note: The townsites of Original, Nevada and Death Valley Junction, California, were also called Amargosa for a time. Bullfrog, Nevada was called Amargosa City briefly.

Amargosa Borax Works, California

Near Shoshone, California

Foundation remains, low adobe walls.

Arrastre Spring, California Eastern slope of the Panamint Mountains overlooking the salt flats of Death Valley An old deteriorating arrastre and numerous petroglyphs.

Ashford Mine and Mill, California

West of Shoshone, California

Several standing buildings, mining remains

Ashton, Nevada

Southwest of Beatty, Nevada

None

Ballarat, California Northeast of Trona, California A few remaining residents,miners’ cabins and other tumbling shacks, crumbling walls,  several foundations.

Barker Ranch, California

Death Valley National Park   

Ruins of cabin, small guest house  

Beatty, Nevada Nye County, Nevada Not a ghost town, but a vital part of Death Valley mining days.
Bend City, California Near Kearsarge, California None
Beveridge, California East side of the Inyo Mountain Range. Mining remains, rock walls. Recommended only for experienced back-packing hikers
Bonnie Claire, Nevada Northeast of Scotty's Castle Significant ruins and mining remains
Bowlerville, Nevada A few miles south of the Johnnie Mine in Nye County, Nevada None
Browne's Camp, Nevada Nye County, Nevada None
Bullfrog, Nevada Near Rhyolite, Nevada Very little - icehouse and jail
Bullfrog Mines, Nevada Near Rhyolite, Nevada Some
Bullfrog Mining District, Nevada Nye County, Nevada near Beatty Many mining remains and ghost towns including the Queen City of the district -- Rhyolite.
Carrara, Nevada South of Beatty, Nevada A few foundations.
Cartago, California

About three miles northwest of Olancha, California.

Semi-ghost town with about 100 residents. 

Cerro Gordo, California Near Keeler, California Numerous remains, check in with caretaker.
Charleston City, Nevada Nye County, Nevada Rubble from the water tank
Chloride City, Nevada Southwest of Beatty, Nye County, Nevada Mining remains.
Chrysopolis, California

South of Aberdeen, California

Loose stone walls and mine tunnels.
Claire Camp, California About six miles east of Ballarat in Pleasant Canyon Mill site and living quarters for the Radcliffe Mine, tram towers and cables.
Coso Junction, California About 3.5 miles northeast of Ridgecrest, California. Probably none. Located within the boundaries of United States Naval Weapons Center at China Lake.
Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns, California 14.4 miles south of Lone Pine on US Highway 395.   Two charcoal kilns used by the Cerro Gordo mines.
Currie Well, Nevada North of Rhyolite, Nevada Debris, low stone wall, ruins of a small beehive furnace.
Darwin, California About 24 miles southeast of Keeler, California Many buildings and mining remains. Still occupied by about 50 people.
Death Valley Junction, California Intersection of SR 190 and SR 127, just east of Death Valley National Park. Many buildings.
Dolomite, California California State Route 136 between Lone Pine and Keeler, California. Some old buildings and working mine. Located on private property with no access.
Dublin Gulch, California In Shoshone, California. Dugouts in the side of clay cliffs.
Dunmovin, California South of Olancha, California Several old buildings
Eagle Borax Works, California South of Bennett's Well, California. Low foundations only.
Echo, California About four miles southwest of Lee, California.  None. Requires 4-wheel drive 
Emigrant Springs, California About 7 miles northwest of Harrisburg, California. A few mining remnants.
Furnace, California 6.5 miles northwest of Funeral Peak   None
Furnace Creek Inn, California Furnace Creek,California Operating resort, borax museum.
Furnace Creek Ranch, California Furnace Creek, California Operating resort
Gladstone Mine, California See Kasson, California   Very little 
Gold Bar, Nevada Near Rhyolite, Nevada Mining remains, large mill foundations.
Gold Center, Nevada Near Tonapah, Nevada Foundations of a stamp mill and brewery.
Gold Hill Mining District, California
Goldbelt Spring, California Southeast from Teakettle Junction   Very little, the actual spring is marked by an old dump truck  
Gold Valley, California About ten miles south of Greenwater, California. Very little, tailings, leveled tent-sites.
Grant, California 1˝ miles south of Olancha   A few old buildings. 
Greenwater, California About 27 miles southeast of Furnace Creek, California.  None at new Greenwater - a few at the original site of Kunze
Greenwater Mining District, California About 27 miles southeast of Furnace Creek, California.  Very little.
Harmony Borax Works, California About a mile north of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center along Highway 190.  Ruins of the refinery, outbuildings, 20-mule team wagon
Harrisburg, California About two miles down the dirt road to Aguereberry Point off of Highway 178.   Nothing of the townsite, but Aguereberry's camp and mine remain.
Ibex Springs, California About two miles south of Ibex Pass.   Buildings, mining ruins, stamp mill, smelter 
Inyo Mine, California    
Johnnie, Nevada 16 miles north of Pahrump, Nevada Many, but located on private property which allows no visitors.
Kasson, California About 12 miles northwest of the old town of Tecopa, California. A few stone buildings.
Keane Springs, California East of Furnace Creek, California   A few mining ruins. 
Keane Wonder Mine, California East of Furnace Creek, California   Many; however, closed by the National Park due to instability as of this writing. 
Kearsarge, California High on Kearsarge Peak  None 
Keeler, California 11.5 miles southeast of New York Butte, California Semi-ghost town, current residents. 
Keynot, California North of Beveridge, California   Mining remnants. Acess should only be made by experienced back-packers.
Kunze, California About 27 miles southeast of Furnace Creek, California.  Rock dugout, low rock walls, and mining remnants.
Laws, California Four miles north of Bishop, California.  Is now a museum and historic site with many buildings. 
Leadfield, California On the Titus Canyon Road   Scattered mining remains, requires 4-wheel drive 
Lee, California/Nevada At the California /Nevada state line, 30 miles south of Rhyolite. Stone walls and foundations, mine shafts and tunnels, rubble.
Leeland, Nevada About 17 miles south of Beatty, Nevada,   A foundation and railroad debris. 
Lila C/Old Ryan 6.25 miles southwest of Death Valley Junction, California Only tailings.
Little Lake, California 38 miles south of Keeler on U.S. Route 395.   None. 
Long Street Cabin, Nevada National Wildlife Refuge in Amargosa Valley, Nevada Reconstructed cabin
Lookout City, California About 15 miles southeast of Panamint Springs, California  Low walls, foundations, mining ruins. Accessible by 4-wheel drive only.
Loretto, California Off of Loretto Mine Road, southeast of Deep Springs, California.   Low stone walls, mining portals and equipment.
Manse Ranch, Nevada Near Pahrump, Nevada. A ranch and dairy farm. 
Manzanar, California    
Mexican Camp, Nevada 13 miles west of Rhyolite, Nevada None
Monarch Canyon Mine, Nevada West of Beatty about 17 miles - requires about a 1 mile hike Many - Mill, machinery, adits, foundations
Monte Blanco, California
Noonday Camp, California    
Olancha, California    
Original, Nevada Near Rhyolite, Nevada None
Owenyo, California    
Panamint City, California    
Pioneer, Nevada Near Rhyolite, Nevada Some mining remains.
Reilly, California    
Resting Springs, California Area is dotted with mining remains.
Reward, California    
Rose's Well 17 miles south of Beatty Ruins of the well
Ryan, California 14.6 miles southeast of Furnace Creek Ranch, California   Numerous old buildings and mining remains. 
Rhyolite, Nevada 5 miles west of Beatty Many buildings 
San Carlos, California    
Sandspring, California    
Schwab, California    
Scotty's Castle, California Esmerelda County, Death Valley National Park Mansion and outbuildings
Shoshone Caves See Dublin Gulch
Shoveltown, California    
Skidoo, California    
Springdale, Nevada 10 miles north of Beatty, Nevada.  Mansion and outbuildings 
Stirling, Nevada 20 miles north of Pahrump, Nevada. Scant remains.
Stovepipe, California    
Strozzi Ranch, Nevada 16 miles northwest of Rhyolite, Nevada Old cabin, shacks, fencing, fruit trees.
Swansea, California    
Telluride, Nevada 4.5 southeast of Beatty, Nevada A few mine tailings
Transvaal, Nevada 12 miles north of Rhyolite, Nevada Mine dumps
Ubehebe, California    
Wild Rose Camp, California    
White Pot Mine, California    
White Mountain City, California    
Willow Creek, California About ten miles south of Greenwater, California Very little, tailings, leveled tent-sites.
Zurich, California    


 

Compiled by Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated March, 2017.

 

 

Cook Bank in Rhyolite, Nevada

The crumbling remains of the Cook Bank in Rhyolite, Nevada speak to more prosperous times.

February, 2015, Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

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Skidoo Mine in Death Valley, California

Skidoo Mine in Death Valley, California, photo by Gianfranco Archimede, 2000.

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