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OWENS CAMP CALIFORNIA
At Mesa Spring

Unoccupied Historic Mining Camp
Kern County
Circa Unknown

Owens Camp was a small mining camp located at a free flowing spring near Last Chance Canyon and Bonanza Gulch. Based on the debris found during exploration, it appears that the camp was just that and nothing more. There is currently no information available about whom the camps founders were, what was mined there or exactly when they arrived and abandoned the camp. The only information found to date is that the camp existed and at one time was occupied by a Harry Owens.

Additional information indicates that the camp was occupied by two brothers by the last name of Stoddard in 1934 and that they were friends of Walter Bickel of nearby Bickel Camp. In 1982 the camp was occupied by Bill Gann who on his web site http://www.zyworld.com/billgann/OutlawP2.htm mentions it as part of his mining claim. Gann also indicates that previous claim owners used dynamite on one of the access roads to make it rougher and discourage weekend tourists from traveling near their claims and the water supply that they valued so much. This is probably true, as our venture to the camp led us to an impassable trail as we left Mesa Spring just west of the Owens site.

I believe the camp probably dates back to the depression era if not before. As of now it appears that Mesa Spring has slowed to a trickle and there is no indication that anyone has been active in the area for many years.


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