Near Ridgecrest in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
William Henry “Burro” Schmidt
Determination and Perserverance
William Henry "Burro" Schmidt
Took thirty eight years to hand dig this
half-mile long tunnel--Completed in 1936
Born in Rhode Island, January 30, 1871
Died in Ridgecrest, Calif., January 27, 1954
Erected 1970 by E Clampus Vitus, Peter Lebeck Chapter 1866.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 35° 24.62′ N, 117° 52.55′ W. Marker is near Ridgecrest, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Burro Schmidt Tunnel Road. Touch for map. Marker and tunnel are located approximately 33 miles south of the town of Ridgecrest. Marker is in this post office area: Ridgecrest CA 93555, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Garlock (approx. 4.8 miles away); Desert Spring (approx. 8.7 miles away); Josephine Stephens Bishop (approx. 10.4 miles away); Florence "Pancho" Barnes (approx. 10.8 miles away); Freeman Junction (approx. 13.4 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. William "Burro" Schmidt and His Tunnel to Nowhere. A KCET - Los Angeles, Channel 28 article. Includes photos of the tunnel and his cabin. (Submitted on October 1, 2015.)
2. Burro Schmidt Tunnel and Shanty (1906-1930s). (Submitted on October 1, 2015.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 1, 2015, by Alan Price or Jayne Hotchkiss-Price of Caliente, California. This page has been viewed 166 times since then and 36 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on October 1, 2015, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Wide area view of the marker and its surroundings. • Photos of the tunnel and his cabin. • Can you help?