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

Amboy Crater

National Natural Landmark

 
 
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By Michael Kindig, May 2, 2010
1. Amboy Crater Marker
Inscription. Amboy Crater, formed of ash and cinders, is 250 feet high and 1500 feet in diameter. The crater is in one of the youngest volcanic fields in the United States. Six distinct periods of eruptions created the resulting nested group of volcanic cinder cones encompassing 24 square miles. Volcanic activity started an estimated 6000 years ago with the last period of eruptions occuring as recently as 500 years ago. Amboy Crater's recent origin and its near-perfect shape led to its designation as a National Natural Landmark in 1975. Climb to the rim of the crater to see an outstanding view of the associated lava field and surrounding desert area.

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Erected 1998 by Billy Holcomb Chapter No. 1069, E Clampus Vitus in cooperation with Bureau of Land Management Needles Field Office. (Marker Number 92.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus, and the National Natural Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 34° 33.402′ N, 115° 46.805′ W. Marker is near Amboy, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker is on Crater Road half a mile west of National Trails Highway, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map
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By Michael Kindig, May 2, 2010
2. Amboy Crater Marker
. Marker is in this post office area: Amboy CA 92304, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Amboy and Roy's Café (approx. 2.1 miles away).
 
Regarding Amboy Crater. The crater received its name from the nearby railroad station. The names of the stations from here to Arizona state line were originally in alphabetical order. They were named after places "back east." Amboy had a post office established in 1904 after being denied one in 1903. From 1916 to 1960 it is estimated four million tons of salt were mined and shipped from near here. In 1972 the town was by-passed with the new freeway about 11 miles north of here. It is about 1/2 mile to the crater. SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway
 
Also see . . .  Amboy Crater. The Bureau of Land Management printable brochure with information and maps. (Submitted on December 31, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Amboy Crater Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, December 16, 2012
3. Amboy Crater Marker
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By Michael Kindig, May 2, 2010
4. Amboy Crater
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By Michael Kindig, May 2, 2010
5. Amboy Crater
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 19, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 596 times since then and 51 times this year. Last updated on November 3, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1. submitted on December 19, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   2. submitted on December 25, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   3. submitted on December 26, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   4, 5. submitted on December 25, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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