Near Kelso in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Jack and Ida Mitchell
who helped to preserve these caverns
Erected 1977 by Billy Holcomb Chapter No. 1069, E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 16.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Education • Notable Places. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 34° 54.521′ N, 115° 25.465′ W. Marker was near Kelso, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker was at the intersection of Essex Road and Black Canyon Road, on the right when traveling north on Essex Road. Drive north on Essex Road from I-40 for 10 miles to the junction at Black Canyon Road. Note: The marker has been removed for relocation. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Essex CA 92332, United States of America. Touch for directions.
More about this marker. The marker is located near the Mitchell Caverns State Recreation Area. These dry caverns are about 60 miles west of Needles and 116 miles east of Barstow. The marker is mounted low, at the fork in the road. If you continue on Essex Road nearly 6 miles, you will reach the Mitchell Caverns State Recreation Area Headquarters.
Regarding Jack and Ida Mitchell. Jack and Ida Mitchell opened the caverns for tours in 1932 supplying lodging and food for tourists. They built the first structures and some are still
SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway
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