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Sorry Mike . . . but NO! Even though I am fully supportive of that type of business venture, I have absolutely no interest in operating a Bordello. My interests are with the Mining Industry.


Dr.Walt, you should take some time to learn how to use the 'tools' that Panoramio gives you when you select and view a photo on Google before you make your " " comments.

Yup, truck gets the right-of-way (he's bigger), so you get to back up. I had that happen on a narrow, cliff-hanging logging road in Northern California.

Now that's what you call "watering the flowers". LOL

Be easier to just go outside and "water the trees". LOL

Interesting shape of those concrete blocks, I wonder what they were originally used for ?

Interesting! You don't see it on any of the Pines, so I wonder why it's attracted to that particular species of tree. Hmmm!

They've added a lot of "stuff" to the Town, moved in old buildings and old equipment. I was there when the LAST Postmistress Ora Mae Wiley (wife of Nevada State Senator Harry Wiley) shut down the Goldpoint Post Office in 1968 . I was actually living in one of the Cabins directly across the Street from the Post Office. Most of the folks that I knew in town are dead now, and I'm not getting any younger.


There is NO MINE at Bonnie Claire. The structure in the photo is the remains of the "Mess Hall" for the workers at the Lippencott Lead Smelter, who lived on site. It had a roof until about 30 years ago. The Lippencott Smelter processed ore from the Lippencott Lead Mine on the Western side of Death Valley. The house and small Mill across the highway at the Bonnie Claire Townsite was built in the early 1950's by Mr. & Mrs. Huson , to process ore from their Mining Claim at Tokop; I purchased the Mining Claim in 1969 from Mrs. Huson , several years after the death of her husband.

Bonnie Claire is named after the Railway Station Master's Daughter. Bonnie Claire is famous in it's own right as the final rail destination for all of the materials used to construct Scotty's Castle in Death Valley. The Castle was purchased in England, carefully disassembled and loaded onto ships, which were then sailed around "The Horn" of South America to the Port of San Pedro, California. Everything was then loaded onto railcars and shipped by rail to Bonnie Claire, where it was off-loaded and freighted by wagon to it's present site and reconstructed. (This information was passed down to me by an "old timer" who worked at Bonnie Claire as a teenager. I have also known and talked at length with the Railway Engineer who made the "last run" of the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad.)


In July 1967, on a family outing to see Panamint City, I got to meet & talk with Charles Ferge - AKA: "Seldom Seen Slim", just a year before his death. My Father, upon seeing the Ballarat sign, called it "BALLS OF A RAT", which I think is far more appropriate.

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