“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Tulelake in Siskiyou County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Spatter Cones

Spatter Cones Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 2, 2009
1. Spatter Cones Marker
Inscription. The “chimneys” before you built up as hot gasses propelled globs of lava high into the air like lumpy oatmeal boiling over a pot. This lava quickly formed dramatic, hollow spatter cones as it fell back to the ground. Later, less explosive lava flowed out, creating the massive Devils Homestead flow. If you are traveling from the north, you have driven along its entire 3.5 mile (5.6 km) length to the source. The magma that formed both features came up through a long fissure in the ground that runs along Gillem Bluff to your left. Weak spots in the surface like this one allow magma to erupt and form a multitude of different volcanic features.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 41° 45.437′ N, 121° 34.056′ W. Marker is in Tulelake, California, in Siskiyou County. Marker can be reached from Hill Road (County Road 10). Touch for map. The marker is within the boundaries of Lava Beds National Monument. Marker is in this post office area: Tulelake CA 96134, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Volcanic Classroom (approx. 0.8 miles away); The End of the Modoc War (approx. 0.8 miles away); Ambush at Midday - The Thomas-Wright Battle of April 26, 1873
The "Chimneys" image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 2, 2009
2. The "Chimneys"
(approx. 1.7 miles away); Beds of Lava (approx. 1.7 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 2˝ miles away); River of Rocks - The Devils Homestead Lava Flow (was approx. 2˝ miles away but has been reported missing. ); J.D. Howard (approx. 4.3 miles away); Last Meeting of the Peace Commission (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tulelake.
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 29, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 13, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 337 times since then and 29 times this year. Last updated on January 27, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 13, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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