CHRIS WICHT CAMP CALIFORNIA
Deep In Surprise Canyon
Unoccupied Historic Mining Camp
Chris Wicht, a Dutchman arrived at the Panamint Mountains in the early 1900ís; where he set up camp near a spring in a deep canyon that was once the busy thoroughfare of the popular and wild Panamint City, which met its demise in a flood in 1876 that washed the town down Surprise Canyon. Wicht, (pronounced WIK), ran a saloon in the nearby bustling town of Ballarat where it is said he operated the only billiards table for miles around. In fact rumor has it that Wicht found the prize table in the ruins at the old Panamint City town site where he disassembled it and carried it down Surprise Canyon past his camp and on it to the Ballarat saloon.
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