Silver City Ghost Town

Silver City Ghost Town (HMYZ1)

Location: Bodfish, CA 93205 Kern County
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N 35° 35.859', W 118° 29.482'

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In 1855 gold was discovered in the Kern Valley. Miners flocked here from throughout the world to get in on what was believed to be California's second great gold rush. Towns sprung up in the area but many were abandoned within a few years when the gold ran out. In the 1970's the Dave Mills family saved historical structures from the deteriorating mining camps and moved them to this site (behind the structures you see here). Around 1973 the Mills closed the ghost town. The J. Paul Corlew family purchased the property in 1988 and began the long task of restoration and preservation work that would dominate their lives for decades. The Corlew's reopened Silver City in 1992. On site are over twenty buildings from mining camps with names like Keyesville, Wiskey Flats, Claraville, and Miracle. Preserve here in a state of "arrested decay". It is now operated as a nationally know museum and film location.
HM NumberHMYZ1
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
Year Placed2009
Placed ByE Clampus Vitus, Peter LeBeck Chapter 1866, Kern River Valley Historical Society,Kernville Chamber of Commerce, Southfork Womens Club
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 1:29am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 364902 N 3940347
Decimal Degrees35.59765000, -118.49136667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 35.859', W 118° 29.482'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 35' 51.54" N, 118° 29' 28.92" W
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Area Code(s)760, 661
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3829 Lake Isabella Blvd, Bodfish CA 93205, US
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