Coso Junction in Inyo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Coso Hot Springs
In the 1930s, this billboard directed travelers to the Coso Hot Springs resort, which was 10 miles to the east.
Molten rock, or magma, lies about five miles below the earth's surface. Groundwater percolates through rock fractures, is warmed by heat from the molten rock, and comes to the surface in hot springs, mud pots, and fumaroles (steam vents).
American Indians from the Owens Valley and the Kern Valley have used the hot springs as a cultural site for generations.
Ray Gill homesteaded Coso Junction in 1926. He created Gil's Oasis, a grove of large cottonwood trees to the west.
Coso Hot Springs resort closed in the 1940s. The hot springs area is now part of the Naval Weapons Center at China Lake, and is not open to the public.
During the late 1800's and the early years of this century, many people believed that natural hot springs provided relief from a wide variety of ailments. The mineral waters were consumed as a tonic, and the soothing baths eased the pain associated with muscle and bone disorders.
The 1930's advertisement at left proclaims the curative
Although most of the old hot springs resorts in California closed their doors many years ago, the recent upsurge in natural health and fitness has sparked renewed interest in hot springs for health and enjoyment.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Natural Resources. A significant historical year for this entry is 1926.
Location. 36° 2.684′ N, 117° 56.774′ W. Marker is in Coso Junction, California, in Inyo County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 395, on the right when traveling north. Located in the highway rest area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Olancha CA 93549, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Listen Well, For This Story Must Be Told (within shouting distance of this marker); Fossil Falls (approx. 5.4 miles away); Native Americans in the Owens Valley (approx. 7.3 miles away).
Also see . . . Coso Hot Springs. Coso Valley History website. (Submitted on April 15, 2022.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 22, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 15, 2022, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 300 times since then and 134 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 15, 2022, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.