Near Cartago in Inyo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
“Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns”
[Upper Main Marker:]
In June 1873 Colonel Sherman Stevens built a sawmill and flume on Cottonwood Creek high in the Sierra’s directly west of this spot. The flume connected with the Los Angeles Bullion Road. The lumber from the flume was used for timbering in the mines, and buildings, and the wood was turned into charcoal in these kilns, then hauled to Stevens Wharf east of here on Owens Lake. There it was put on the steamer, The "Bessie Brady," or the "Molly Stevens" hauled directly across the lake and from there wagon took it up the "Yellow Grade" to Cerro Gordo Mine high in the Inyo Mountains above Keeler. M. W. Belshaw's furnaces had used all available wood around Cerro Gordo and the charcoal was necessary to continue production.
The bullion which was then taken out by the reverse of this route was hauled to Los Angeles on Remi Nadeau’s 14, 16, 18 animal freight wagons and played a major part in the building of that little pueblo into the city of today.
[Lower marker embedded in the concrete:]
Plaque originally dedicated in 1955 by the California Eastern Sierra Museum Association. Plaque stolen in 1970. Recovered by Inyo County Sheriffs Dept. Rededicated May 15, 1976
Erected 1955 by Slim Princess Chapter #395 E.Clampus Vitus.
Marker series. E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 36° 25.074′ N, 118° 1.715′ W. Marker is near Cartago, California, in Inyo County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 395 and and an un-named dirt road, on the left when traveling south on U.S. 395. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Olancha CA 93549, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns (approx. 0.9 miles away but has been reported missing); Cartago Boat Landing (approx. 7 miles away); Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Program (approx. 9.9 miles away); Keeler (approx. 9.9 miles away); Owens Lake Silver-Lead Furnace (approx. 10 miles away); Dolomite Mine (approx. 10.1 miles away); Cerro Gordo (approx. 10.2 miles away); "Gunga Din" Filmed Here (approx. 12.5 miles away).
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