Near Baker in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Soda Springs - Zzyzx Mineral Springs
Erected 1984 by Billy Holcomb Chapter No. 1069, E Clampus Vitus in cooperation with the Friends of the Mojave Road and the Bureau of Land Management, Barstow Resource Area. (Marker Number 34.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus, and the Mojave Road (Old Government Road) marker series.
Location. 35° 8.596′ N, 116° 6.362′ W. Marker is near Baker, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker can be reached from Zzyzx Road south of Mojave Freeway (Interstate 15). Touch for map. Drive 55 miles north of Barstow on I-15 or 6.3 miles south of Baker to Zzyzx Road exit. Then drive 4.8 miles south to the Desert Studies parking lot. The Plaque is east of the parking lot and on the north side of the intersection of Zzyzx Road and Boulevard of Dreams. It is about 50 yards east of the gate. Marker is in this post office area: Boron CA 93516, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At The Desert Studies Center (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Traveler's Rest (about 700 feet away); A Lost Lake (approx. 0.2 miles away); Francis Marion "Borax" Smith (approx. 3.9 miles away); Marl Springs / Seventeenmile Point (approx. 9.9 miles away).
Regarding Soda Springs - Zzyzx Mineral Springs. The Indians had used Soda Springs as a stop on their trading route from the Colorado River to the Pacific Ocean. In 1885 this site was also known as Shenandoah Camp and a miner was working a 12 foot shaft just southwest of the springs. A consortium of colleges now own and operate Soda Springs as a center for desert studies.
SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway
Also see . . .
1. Mojave National Preserve. A short history of the Preserve and the area. (Submitted on December 15, 2011.)
2. Zzyzx Mineral Springs. Near the mouth of the Mojave River, where the intermittant waters seep into Soda Lake, a mineral spring wells up near a basalt outcropping. Father Francisco Garces passed through this place, Soda Springs in his journey through the Mojave desert. Over 50 years later, Jedediah Smith passed south of the springs up (Submitted on December 15, 2011.)
3. Photos of Zzyzx Soda Springs. (Submitted on December 15, 2011.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 10, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 835 times since then. Last updated on November 3, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 10, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. 5, 6. submitted on May 19, 2015, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. 7. submitted on May 22, 2015, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.