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Trona in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

John & Dennis Searles Wagon Routes

1875 - 1895

 
 
John & Dennis Searles Wagon Routes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, December 4, 2011
1. John & Dennis Searles Wagon Routes Marker
Inscription. This monument commemorates two wagon routes used by the Searles brothers to haul borax from their plant on Borax Lake (now Searles Lake) to the railhead at Mojave. The southern route traveled west of the Trona Pinnacles to Searles' freight station at Garden City. This is the present route of the Trona Railway which connects with the Union Pacific at Searles Station. Garden City was a virtual oasis, providing food and shelter for the teamsters and a barn accommodating 100 mules. The western route went through Salt Wells Canyon (Poison Canyon) to a dry station one mile from the head of the canyon and on to garden City where both routes joined. It then continued through Garlock and connected with the road to Mojave.
 
Erected 2000 by Billy Holcomb Chapter No. 1069, E Clampus Vitus in cooperation with Searles Valley Historical Society. (Marker Number 101.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 35° 40.884′ N, 117° 23.475′ W. Marker is in Trona, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker is at the intersection of Trona Road (California Route 178) and Pinnacle Road, on the right when traveling east on Trona Road. Touch for map. This marker
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By Michael Kindig, December 4, 2011
2. John & Dennis Searles Wagon Routes Marker
is located on the southeast corner. This site is about 16 miles east of Ridgecrest and 7 miles south of Trona. It is 7.3 miles east of where SR-178 is joined by Trona Road coming up from Red Mountain and US 395 to the south. Marker is at or near this postal address: 78625-78639 Pinnacle Road, Trona CA 93562, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Epsom Salts Monorail (here, next to this marker); Welcome to the Trona Pinnacles (approx. 4.6 miles away); Searles Lake Borax Discovery (approx. 5.3 miles away); Austin Hall (approx. 5.5 miles away); Valley Wells (approx. 10.7 miles away).
 
Regarding John & Dennis Searles Wagon Routes. In 1860 John and Dennis Searles discovered borax while searching for gold with the Dr. S.G. George party. In 1870 the brothers saw Borax Smith mining borax in Nevada and were reminded of their earlier findings. They rushed back to what is now Searles Dry Lake and staked their claims, then quickly sold enough borax to earn themselves $200,000 to finance improvements. Later, railroad tracks were laid to haul the ore. Many different rare materials are beneath the surface of the dry lake and should last for many years.
SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary
John & Dennis Searles Wagon Routes (Left) and Epsom Salts Monorail Marker (Right) image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, December 4, 2011
3. John & Dennis Searles Wagon Routes (Left) and Epsom Salts Monorail Marker (Right)
Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway

 
Also see . . .  John Wemple Searles. Son of George and Helen Wemple Searles was born at Tribes Hill, Montgomery county, New York. He inherited fortitude and tenacity from ancestors who won renown with the American army in the Revolutionary war. He came to California to find gold, but found riches and and built a legacy of benefits and blessings through the discovery of the glittering borax crystals in the lake bed which now bears his name. (Submitted on December 7, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.) 
 
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Ferris H. Scott, Santa Ana, Ca. - Western Resort Publications. Santa Ana, Ca. Color by Josef Muench
4. Death Valley National Monument, California
This postcard image of a 20-mule team hauling borax in Death Valley shows an example of the form of transportation used in the desert to transport the borax to the railroad in Mojave.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 6, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 708 times since then and 46 times this year. Last updated on November 3, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 6, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   4. submitted on June 20, 2010. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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