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Near Keeler in Inyo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Owens Lake Silver-Lead Furnace

 
 
Owens Lake Silver-Lead Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 10, 2013
1. Owens Lake Silver-Lead Furnace Marker
Inscription.  The Owens Lake Silver-Lead Furnace and Mill was built here by Col. Sherman Stevens in 1869 and used until March 1874. James Brady assumed its operation in 1870 for the Silver-Lead Company and built the town of Swansea. During the next few years the output of this furnace and another at Cerro Gordo was around 150 bars of silver ever 24 hours, each weighing 83 pounds.
 
Erected 1961 by California State Park Commission in cooperaiton with the Eastern California Museam Association. (Marker Number 752.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks series list.
 
Location. 36° 31.446′ N, 117° 54.335′ W. Marker is near Keeler, California, in Inyo County. Marker is on California Route 136, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Keeler CA 93530, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Program (approx. 1.6 miles away); Dolomite Mine (approx. 1.8 miles
Owens Lake Silver-Lead Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 10, 2013
2. Owens Lake Silver-Lead Furnace Marker
away); Keeler (approx. 3 miles away); Cerro Gordo (approx. 3.4 miles away); Lone Pine Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 9˝ miles away); "Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns" (approx. 10 miles away); Lone Pine Film Museum (approx. 10.2 miles away); The Duke and the Dow (approx. 10.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Keeler.
 
Also see . . .  Ghost Town Trail. A YouTube driving tour complete with photos. (Submitted on July 20, 2018.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 25, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 556 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 25, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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