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Near Newberry-Baker in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Jack and Ida Mitchell

 
 
Jack and Ida Mitchell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 4, 2009
1. Jack and Ida Mitchell Marker
Inscription.
Modern Pioneers, Miner and Geologist
who helped to preserve these caverns

 
Erected 1977 by Billy Holcomb Chapter No. 1069, E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 16.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 34° 54.521′ N, 115° 25.465′ W. Marker was near Newberry-Baker, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker was at the intersection of Essex Road and Black Canyon Road, on the right when traveling north on Essex Road. Touch for map. Drive north on Essex Road from I-40 for 10 miles to the junction at Black Canyon Road. Note: The marker has been removed for relocation. Marker was in this post office area: Essex CA 92332, United States of America.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located near the Mitchell Caverns State Recreation Area. These dry caverns are about 60 miles west of Needles and 116 miles east of Barstow. The marker is mounted low, at the fork in the road. If you continue on Essex Road nearly 6 miles, you will reach the Mitchell Caverns State Recreation Area Headquarters.
 
Regarding Jack and Ida Mitchell.
Jack and Ida Mitchell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 4, 2009
2. Jack and Ida Mitchell Marker
Jack and Ida Mitchell opened the caverns for tours in 1932 supplying lodging and food for tourists. They built the first structures and some are still standing. Jack Mitchell led the first tours by candlelight, and believed in the caverns so much, he bulldozed the original 23 mile dirt road from Essex. The remains of a 15,000 year old ground sloth were discovered in the caverns and archaeologists have also uncovered a number of artifacts left by ancient Indians.
SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway
 
Categories. AnthropologyEducationNotable Places
 
Jack and Ida Mitchell Cabin image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 4, 2009
3. Jack and Ida Mitchell Cabin
National Natural Landmark Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 4, 2009
4. National Natural Landmark Marker
Mitchell Cavern
and Winding Stair Cave
has been designated a

National
Natural Landmark

This site possesses exceptional value
as an illustration of the Nation's natural
heritage and contribues to a better
understanding of man's environment.

1975
National Park Service
United States Department of the Interior
Mitchell Caverns image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 4, 2009
5. Mitchell Caverns
Mitchell Caverns image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 4, 2009
6. Mitchell Caverns
Mitchell Caverns image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 4, 2009
7. Mitchell Caverns
Dedication Patch image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, May 1, 1977
8. Dedication Patch
E Clampus Vitus - Billy Holcomb
Mitchell Caverns - Spring 1977
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 555 times since then and 53 times this year. Last updated on November 3, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 17, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 22, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   8. submitted on January 29, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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