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CERRO GORDO UPDATE

9/29/13

Cerro Gordo is

OPEN to VISITORS

by APPOINTMENT ONLY

The town is open during daylight hours, road and weather conditions permitting.

 

Please contact owner Sean Patterson (661-303-3692) or Robert at Cerro Gordo for information and current road conditions:

(760) 876-5030

or

(909 856-4434

 

Contact us through email at:


Join

Friends of

Cerro Gordo

The Friends of Cerro Gordo is a 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation established to assist in the preservation, interpretation and public enjoyment of Cerro Gordo.

Help support these efforts by becoming a member.

First year membership (though December 2014) is only $10.

Click here  or the F.O.C.G. logo above to download a membership  brochure.


Now Available

Cerro Gordo

A Ghost Town

Caught Between

Centuries

Cecile Page Vargo's collection of Cerro Gordo stories, true, farce and somewhere in between, is being published in a new book, Cerro Gordo A Ghost Town Caught Between Centuries.

ISBN: 978-0970025869

The book gives glimpses of Cerro Gordo from the silver and lead mining days through the early twentieth century zinc era to its modern place as, according to author Phil Varney, "Southern California's best, true, ghost town." There's even a possible solution to the location of the fabled "Lost Gunsight Mine" that former Cerro Gordo owner Mike Patterson once suggested.

We are proud to team with the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert (HSUMD) in Ridgecrest, Calif., to bring Cerro Gordo A Ghost Town Caught Between Centuries to print. This is their first major publishing venture. The book is  available for sale directly from HSUMD or through selected book sellers.

Contact HSUMD directly to order:

P.O. Box 2001, Ridgecrest, CA. 93556-2001.

Phone: 760 375-8456

Email: hsumd@ridgenet.net


Announcing our Arcadia Publishing Book:

 

 

Cerro Gordo

by Cecile Page Vargo and Roger W. Vargo

ISBN: 9780738595207

Arcadia Publishing Images of America series

Price: $21.99

128 pages/ softcover

Available now!

(Click the cover image for ordering information)

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.


Mules can taste the difference--so can you


Friends of Last Chance Canyon is a new organization interested in sustaining and protecting areas within the El Paso Mountains, near Ridgecrest, California. The main focus is preserving and protecting historic sites like Burro Schmidt's tunnel and the Walt Bickel Camp.

Please click on either logo to visit the FLCC site.


We support


Bodie Foundation
"Protecting Bodie's Future by Preserving Its Past


 

Click on Room 8's photo or phone

951-361-2205 for more information.

 


The Panamint Breeze is a newsletter for people who love the rough and rugged deserts and mountains of California and beyond.

Published by Ruth and Emmett Harder, it is for people who are interested in the history of mining in the western states; and the people who had the fortitude to withstand the harsh elements.

It contains stories of the past and the present; stories of mining towns and the colorful residents who lived in them; and of present day adventurers.

Subscriptions are $20 per year (published quarterly March, June, September & December) Subscriptions outside the USA are $25 per year. All previous issues are available. Gift certificates are available also.

To subscribe mail check (made payable to Real Adventure Publishing) along with name, address, phone number & e-mail address to:  Real Adventure Publishing, 18201 Muriel Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92407.

For more information about the Panamint Breeze e-mail Ruth at:  echco@msn.com


It's always FIRE SEASON! Click the NIFC logo above to see what's burning.


Visit Michael Piatt's site, www.bodiehistory.com, for the truth behind some of Bodie's myths.


Credo Quia Absurdum



 

 

 

Explore Historic California!

     Not too many years ago, the family station wagon was the magic carpet to adventure. Today, that family station wagon is likely to be a four wheel drive sport utility vehicle or pick up truck. SUV's and other 4x4's are one of the best selling classes of vehicles. Ironically, industry statistics show that once purchased, few owners will dare to drive their vehicles off the paved highway.

     Click your mouse through the website and enjoy our armchair adventures and the histories behind them.

 

 

Holiday Gifts for Those Who Read

Best wishes for a joyous and safe holiday season and a prosperous new year from all of us at Explore Historic California!

 

These books are available through Amazon (www.amazon.com) or the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert gift shop (http://hsumd.org/GiftShop.htm) and other selected booksellers.

 

The Bodie Foundation (www.bodiefoundation.org) has a selection of Bodie-themed books, wearing apparel and the annual Bodie Foundation calendar.

 


 

 

Thanksgiving in the Desert

Our annual excursion with family and friends to  play, drink and eat

Photos by Roger W. Vargo

The Southern Sierras capped our western view (above), while our northern view was an unnamed peak in the Radamacher Hills (below).

 

Plenty of time for cooking (eating) and talking around the fires or sitting out and enjoying the mid-day sun.
 

Some even found time to ride.

A daytime exploring trip led to one of several nearby Native American rock art sites.

 

One Hundred Mules Who Walked

the Los Angeles Aqueduct

Arrive in the San Fernando Valley

Photos by Roger W. Vargo

 

The mules march on a plateau above the rededication ceremony at the Cascades (top), on November 5, 2013, the centennial of the aqueduct's dedication. Thousands of spectators attended the original dedication in 1913, but the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power restricted the centennial rededication to several hundred invited guests (bottom).

 

A pair of mules become agitated over a runaway hat.

 

The mules made a public appearance at the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center (above). Some of the mules were hitched to a wagon with a section of original aqueduct pipe at Hansen Dam (below).

 

Lauren Bon (right) watches the mules parade at Hansen Dam. Bon organized the mule walk as a performance art project through her Los Angeles based Metabolic Studio (www.metabolicstudio.org).

The mules walked from Hansen Dam through the streets of Sun Valley and Shadow Hills, then over the Verdugo Mountains to Glendale's Brand Park.

 

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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