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Valley Wells

 
 
Valley Wells Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 9, 2009
1. Valley Wells Marker
Inscription. In the late 1860's copper was discovered on Clark Montain and the Clark Mining District was organized. Ore was rich but high transportation costs soon caused mining to cease. In the late 1890's the railroad came within 30 miles and the original strike, the Copper World Mine, was reopened. Two wells were sunk and in 1899 a 50-ton smelter was built, treating ore hauled by 20-mule teams. In 1917 a 100-ton furnace was built, but was in use only a short while. In 1894 Valley Wells (formerly known as Rosalie) became headquarters of the Yates Ranch Cattle Co. Ranching ceased around 1950. The Copper World reopened in 1977 and there is large-scale production of gold and rare-earth minerals in the Clark District up to the present day.
 
Erected 1992 by Billy Holcomb Chapter No. 1069, E Clampus Vitus in cooperation with Caltrans, District 8. (Marker Number 70.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 35° 26.153′ N, 115° 42.037′ W. Marker was near Newberry-Baker, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker was on Barstow Freeway/Mojave Freeway (Interstate 15), on the right when traveling west. Click for map
Valley Wells Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 9, 2009
2. Valley Wells Marker
. Marker is located at Valley Wells Rest Area on the south-bound side of Interstate 15 (I-15). Marker was in this post office area: Nipton CA 92364, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Railroads Revolutionize Transportation (within shouting distance of this marker); Ranching and Mining (within shouting distance of this marker); Who Has Lived Here? (within shouting distance of this marker); Western Expansion (within shouting distance of this marker); Movement in the Desert (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line).
 
Regarding Valley Wells. Valley Wells was originally named Rosalie after an early mine of the same name. The U.S. Post Office in Ivanpah moved to Rosalie in April 1899 and was maintained until August 1903. In November of 1899 a visitor stated, "The Copper World...is proving to be a veritable bonanza, and a camp is growing there that will eventually be as large as the famous Jerome copper camp." There are virtually no contemporary accounts of this camp. SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNatural Resources
 
Valley Wells Marker to the far left in the distance. image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 23, 2009
3. Valley Wells Marker to the far left in the distance.
The Valley Wells rest area south bound I-15.
Hilltops to View Big Horn Sheep image. Click for full size.
By Richard Hawkins, April 5, 2013
4. Hilltops to View Big Horn Sheep
National Trail-Route 66 Trail Marker and Directional Sign to Additional Sites image. Click for full size.
By Richard Hawkins, April 5, 2013
5. National Trail-Route 66 Trail Marker and Directional Sign to Additional Sites
View from Copper World Mine image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 3, 2009
6. View from Copper World Mine
Copper World Mine image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 3, 2009
7. Copper World Mine
Copper World MIne image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 3, 2009
8. Copper World MIne
Copper World Mine image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 3, 2009
9. Copper World Mine
Copper World MIne image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 3, 2009
10. Copper World MIne
Valley Wells Marker is above the silver water fountain in the photo image. Click for full size.
By Richard Hawkins, April 5, 2013
11. Valley Wells Marker is above the silver water fountain in the photo
Valley Wells Rest Area image. Click for full size.
By Richard Hawkins, April 5, 2013
12. Valley Wells Rest Area
Newly remodeled Rest area
Valley Wells is a new upgraded rest area image. Click for full size.
By Richard Hawkins, April 5, 2013
13. Valley Wells is a new upgraded rest area
Valley Wells Satellite Map image. Click for full size.
By Richard Hawkins, April 5, 2013
14. Valley Wells Satellite Map
Some signs will show relief, terrain and display other unique images for the surrounding areas.
Valley Wells Points of Interests Map image. Click for full size.
By Richard Hawkins, April 5, 2013
15. Valley Wells Points of Interests Map
Valley Wells Railroads revolutionize transportantion image. Click for full size.
By Richard Hawkins, April 5, 2013
16. Valley Wells Railroads revolutionize transportantion
Valley Wells Ranching and Minning image. Click for full size.
By Richard Hawkins, April 5, 2013
17. Valley Wells Ranching and Minning
Valley Wells Western Expansion sign image. Click for full size.
By Richard Hawkins, April 5, 2013
18. Valley Wells Western Expansion sign
Valley Wells Movement in the Desert image. Click for full size.
By Richard Hawkins, April 5, 2013
19. Valley Wells Movement in the Desert
Clark Mountian Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Hawkins, April 5, 2013
20. Clark Mountian Marker
Viewing area for Clark Mountain image. Click for full size.
By Richard Hawkins, April 5, 2013
21. Viewing area for Clark Mountain
binoculars are allowed in this rest area and one is for the handicapped as well. The price is right as it is free and you can see clearly for miles!.
Valley Wells Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 18, 2015
22. Valley Wells Marker
Located just above the drinking fountain.
Event Patch image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 11, 1992
23. Event Patch
Valley Wells - Fall Clampout 92
1069 - ECV
 
 
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