Panamint City

Panamint City (HMZB8)

Location: Duncansville, CA 16635 Inyo County
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N 36° 1.991', W 117° 16.907'

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Rich sliver ore was discovered in December 1872 at the head of Surprise Canyon 12 miles northeast of here. The United States Senators for Nevada, John P. Jones and William Morris Stewart, invested in and promoted the camp which drew a peak population of 2000 to the steep, mile-high canyon. Wells Fargo refused to serve the lawless camp, and bullion was shipped out in 400-pound cubes to deter thieves. To connect his Santa Monica property with the mines Jones built a half-mile pier and began a railroad, which reached only as far as Los Angeles. Jones and Stewart floated 15 stocks on the San Francisco Mining Exchange with a face value of over $61 million. On July 4, 1876 the camp celebrated a new 30-stamp mill, and strings of ore cars moved at full speed. The celebration ended 20 days later when hours of heavy rain flooded the Panamint Peaks and sent a wall of water down Surprise Canyon's main street, wiping out cabins, stores & saloons to end the boom. One of the departing miners, Isadore Daunet, crossed the summit and discovered cottonball borax at Furnace Creek.
HM NumberHMZB8
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
Marker Number107
Year Placed2002
Placed ByYerba Buena Chapter No. 1, Slim Princess Chapter No. 395, Billy Holcomb Chapter No. 1069, and Platrix Chapter No. 2, E Clampus Vitus in cooperation with the Death Valley '49ers
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Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 7:51am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 474614 N 3987665
Decimal Degrees36.03318333, -117.28178333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 1.991', W 117° 16.907'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 1' 59.46" N, 117° 16' 54.42" W
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Area Code(s)814
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 319 Trona Wildrose Rd, Duncansville CA 16635, US
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