Ghost Town Explorer
spacer
spacer
HATFIELDS CAMP CALIFORNIA
Founded by a man with an idea

Unoccupied Historic Mining Camp
Kern County
Circa Early 1900’s

Hatfield’s Camp was located near the back side of Bonanza Gulch along the El Paso Mountains. Founded, but more popularly remembered by the idea of its famed rainmaker, Charles Hatfield who arrived here in the early 1900’s. Hatfield, a man who claimed to the ability of producing rain, had the idea of damming the hillside just below some rich claims hoping the water current would wash floating surface gold on to his claim and in to his newly built reservoir. Unfortunately for Hatfield his dam could not hold the amount of water that rushed down that hillside in 1916 during the first rain, and his idea and gold rushed right down the canyon with it wiping out his 6-ton concentrating plant.

A second version of the story is that Hatfield, previously known as a person who concocted a way of producing rain, settled in the area to produce rain water and sell it to the miners. Hatfield proceeded by constructing the dam, but the first rain of the season wiped out his efforts. Whatever the truth, Hatfield was a man with a dream, like all the others who settled here.

There are several other mining diggings that litter the area surrounding his camp. Most are deep vertical shafts. Today only a large pile remains of his fallen residence as well as rusted mining equipment and several deep shafts.

Bonanza Gulch is known as the location of a mining boom that brought several hundred persons in to the area in the early 1900’s, and again during the depression era.


Ghost Town Explorer

Ghost Town Explorer

Ghost Town Explorer

Ghost Town Explorer

Ghost Town Explorer



spacer
   spacer
   Copyright 2006 High Desert Drifters, All rights reserved.
DHTML Menu By Milonic JavaScript