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

Ranching and Mining

 
 
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By Denise Boose, May 18, 2015
1. Ranching and Mining Marker
Inscription. Gold and silver discoveries during the mid-1800s brought hundreds of prospectors trekking across the eastern Mojave. Ephemeral camps sprang up throughout the desert as miners discovered copper and silver in nearby mountains. Ranchers moving into high, grassy valleys, exploited the market for beef created by the miners, and soon diveloped commerical operations. The Sourthern Pacific Railway crossed the Mojave in 1883, giving ranchers access to larger markets east and west, and their operations expanded. Ranching and mining continue today.
 
Location. 35° 26.149′ N, 115° 42.086′ W. Marker is in Nipton, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker is on South Interstate 15, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located within the Valley Wells rest stop. Marker is at or near this postal address: South Interstate 15, Nipton CA 92364, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Who Has Lived Here? (here, next to this marker); Railroads Revolutionize Transportation (here, next to this marker); Movement in the Desert (here, next to this marker); Western Expansion (a few steps from this marker); Valley Wells (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ).
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
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By Denise Boose, May 18, 2015
2. Ranching and Mining Marker
Ranching and Mining Marker on the left image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 18, 2015
3. Ranching and Mining Marker on the left
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By Denise Boose, May 18, 2015
4. Ranching and Mining Marker
Dry land farmers homesteaded the high valleys of the east Mojave during the 1910s-40s. Homesteader Harry Trehern built this store in Nipton to serve homesteaders, Trehearne, and ranchers.
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Water tank for the Ox cattle Company on Lanfair Road.
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By Denise Boose, May 18, 2015
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Cowboys of the Rock Springs Land & Cattle Company, the biggest operation in the east Mojave until it broke up around 1930.
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Mule team hauling ore to smelter at Valley Wells from Copper World Mine, circa 1900.
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By Denise Boose, May 18, 2015
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During World War II, Kaiser operated theh Vulcan Mine in the Providence Mountains. Iron ore from the mine was used to make stell for Liberty Ships crucial to the war effort. Top: Miners used a drill to create a hole for blasting. Middle: Ore was trucked nine miles to Kelso where it was loaded onto trains for shipment to a Fontana, California steel mill. Bottom: Cooks at the Vulcan Mine.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 31, 2015, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 31, 2015, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on June 1, 2015, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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