Posted on 07/21/2014

Photo taken on July 21, 2014

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Speaking of Death Valley: Silver solutions

Speaking of Death Valley: Silver solutions
Here’s a 65 year old postcard that was sold in eastern California.

It’s an old photo showing the production of the Cerro Gordo mine at its peak in the 1870's: a huge backlog of silver ingots piled up on the shore of Owens Lake, waiting to be transported by an overworked little ferry to Olancha. From there they would be hauled by the famous twenty mule teams to the railroad.

When the cold winds began to blow down from the Sierra Nevada crest, the men at the lake stacked the silver bars to make “cabin” walls, slung canvas tarps over them, and slept in the most valuable housing ever created for mine workers.

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An interesting piece of history.
4 years ago.