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VALLEY WELLS CALIFORNIA
Underground Style

Unoccupied Ghost Town
San Bernardino County
Circa 1860's to 1918

Sometime in the 1860's copper was discovered near Clark Mountain. Prospectors arrived in the valley and began taking up refuge in underground huts they made from mud and debris found in the washes. They named their camp "Rosalie". Several small unorganized claims were being worked east of the camp, and organized mining soon developed in the Clark Mountain Range. Transporting the rich ore out of the valley was costly, causing most prospectors to abandon their claims. Larger mining companies also suffered and most had sized operations. In the 1890's the railroad arrived nearby. Transportation became more feasible and organized mining returned. Wells were sunk, a smelter was constructed, and the dugouts that once housed prospectors were reoccupied by mine employees who preferred these accommodations over bunkhouses. Ore was hauled out to the railroad 30 miles away by 20 mule teams. The last mention of active mining was 1917. Today's remains include adobe walls, underground huts, smelter and mining building foundations, and a cemetery.

 

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