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Death Valley Junction is a tiny Mojave Desert unincorporated community in Inyo County, California, at the intersection of SR 190 and SR 127, in the Amargosa Valley and just east of Death Valley National Park. The zip code is 92328, the elevation is 2,041 ft, the population fewer than 4; the default format for wired phone numbers in this community is 852-xxxx. Death Valley Junction is home to the Amargosa Opera House and Hotel, where resident Marta Becket staged dance and mime shows from the late 1960s until her last show in February 2012. Becket died in 2017; the hotel is still operating next to the opera house, but beyond these maintained areas, the town is in a state of disrepair. There is no gas station, only one restaurant, the Amargosa Cafe; the town is owned by the non-profit Amargosa Opera House Inc. which runs the Opera House and cafe The community's location, 27 miles east-southeast of Furnace Creek Inn, on the east side of Death Valley is south of Nevada's Amargosa Valley and near Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.
East/South East, 27 miles, is Nevada. South on SR127 is the town of California; the closest straight-line distance to the Nevada state line is five miles northeast. Government documents show an effort by the Timbisha Shoshone tribal government to acquire about 7,200 acres in the area during 1999 to 2000; this includes areas for residences and the official federal sanction to use some government lands for traditional ceremonies. In 2017 the tribe constructed a cannabis grow facility on the land; the town was created in 1907 when the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad was constructed through the Amargosa Valley and a spur from their main line was built to the Lila C. borax mine in the hills to the west. The town was owned by Robert Tubb, who operated a saloon and brothel; the town first appears on the 1910 Furnace Creek Quandrangle USGS topographic map. In 1914, the Death Valley Railroad started operating between Ryan and Death Valley Junction, it carried borax until 1928. From 1923 to 1925 the Pacific Coast Borax Company constructed buildings in the town, hiring architect Alexander Hamilton McCulloch to design a Spanish Colonial Revival whistle stop centered at the hotel and office complex building, now known as the Amargosa Opera House and Hotel.
The town began to decline in the mid-20th century. However, in 1967 dancer and actress Marta Becket happened to visit due to an automobile repair, she became enamored with the theater, with help from benefactors, she leased purchased, the hotel and theater complex. The Death Valley post office opened in 1908 and transferred to Furnace Creek Ranch in 1961; the Amargosa post office opened in 1962, changed its name to Death Valley Junction in 1968. In 1980 the town was included in the National Register of Historic Places as the "Death Valley Junction Historic District." When the Death Valley Railroad was established in 1914, it used 3.19 miles of tracks belonging to the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad east-southeast of Death Valley Junction to Horton. Local wired telephones were manual telephone service until the 1980s. To reach a phone in Death Valley Junction when the area was under manual service required dialing the operator and asking for "Death Valley Junction, Toll Station". Placing an outbound call required lifting the receiver and waiting for an operator.
The operator who answered was in Los Angeles. Death Valley Junction is now in area codes 442 and 760. In the state legislature, Death Valley Junction is in the 18th Senate District, represented by Democrat Robert Hertzberg, the 26th Assembly District, represented by Republican Devon Mathis. Federally, Death Valley Junction is in California's 8th congressional district, represented by Republican Paul Cook. "Shotgun" Kitty Tubb - wife of the original owner of the town, Robert Tubb Marta Becket - retired actress, dancer and painter Harry Rosenberg - engineer, instrumental in creating useful alloys of titanium The town that Zane Grey helped build The Amargosa Opera House and Hotel Ghost Towns of Death Valley: Death Valley Junction
Tecopa is a census-designated place in the Mojave Desert, in Inyo County, United States. Tecopa is located 9 miles south-southeast of Shoshone, at an elevation of 1,339 feet; the population was 150 at the 2010 census, up from 99 at the 2000 census. One of Tecopa's popular features is its natural hot springs. Tecopa was named after the Paiute leader Chief Tecopa. Shoshone is the closest town, 12 miles north. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 18.7 square miles, of which, 18.6 square miles of it is land and 0.1 square miles of it is water. The Old Spanish Trail and the wagon road called the Old Mormon Road or Salt Lake Road, passed from Resting Springs, east of the modern site of Tecopa, 7 miles to Willow Spring on the east bank of the canyon of the Amargosa River, below Tecopa and above the mouth of China Ranch Wash. In 1859, THE PRAIRIE TRAVELER, a popular handbook for overland travelers at that time described it: The spring is on the left of the road, flows into Saleratus Creek.
Animals must not be allowed to drink the Saleratus water." There the trail turned to follow the river south to Salt Springs. William D. and Robert D. Brown, founded the town in 1875, named it Brownsville; when Jonas Osborne bought out the Browns, he renamed the town after Indian Chief Tecopa. Mines developed nearby in Tecopa served as the settlement; the town's original site was 5 miles southeast of Resting Springs. Kasson, California was nearby; the present location was developed along the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad, which reached the site in 1907. A post office operated at the original site of Tecopa from 1877 to 1881. A post office opened at the new site in 1907, was closed in 1931, reopened in 1932; the 2010 United States Census reported that Tecopa had a population of 150. The population density was 8.0 people per square mile. The racial makeup of Tecopa was 119 White, 1 African American, 8 Native American, 2 Asian, 0 Pacific Islander, 1 from other races, 19 from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8 persons.
The Census reported that 150 people lived in households, 0 lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, 0 were institutionalized. There were 92 households, out of which 13 had children under the age of 18 living in them, 22 were opposite-sex married couples living together, 2 had a female householder with no husband present, 6 had a male householder with no wife present. There were 6 unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, 2 same-sex married couples or partnerships. 56 households were made up of individuals and 28 had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.63. There were 30 families; the population was spread out with 19 people under the age of 18, 5 people aged 18 to 24, 17 people aged 25 to 44, 59 people aged 45 to 64, 50 people who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 57.5 years. For every 100 females, there were 138.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 133.9 males. There were 159 housing units at an average density of 8.5 per square mile, of which 92 were occupied, of which 57 were owner-occupied, 35 were occupied by renters.
The homeowner vacancy rate was 6.6%. 96 people lived in owner-occupied housing units and 54 people lived in rental housing units. As of the census of 2000, there were 99 people, 60 households, 22 families residing in the CDP; the population density was 5.3 people per square mile. There were 133 housing units at an average density of 7.2 per square mile. The racial makeup of the CDP was 88.89% White, 1.01% Black or African American, 7.07% Native American, 3.03% from two or more races. 4.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 60 households out of which 10.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 28.3% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 63.3% were non-families. 55.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 30.0% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.65 and the average family size was 2.50. In the CDP, the population was spread out with 10.1% under the age of 18, 4.0% from 18 to 24, 14.1% from 25 to 44, 28.3% from 45 to 64, 43.4% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 63 years. For every 100 females, there were 80.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.0 males. The median income for a household in the CDP was $12,344, the median income for a family was $16,250. Males had a median income of $0 versus $31,250 for females; the per capita income for the CDP was $10,395. There were 30.8% of families and 38.6% of the population living below the poverty line, including 100.0% of under eighteens and 27.0% of those over 64. In the state legislature, Tecopa is in the 8th Senate District, represented by Republican Andreas Borgeas, the 26th Assembly District, represented by Republican Devon Mathis. Federally, Tecopa is in California's 8th congressional district, represented by Republican Paul Cook. Lake Tecopa Tecopa Lake Beds — geologic formation
California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.6 million residents, California is the most populous U. S. the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento; the Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second and fifth most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 9.7 million residents respectively. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, the country's second most populous, after New York City. California has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, its largest county by area, San Bernardino County; the City and County of San Francisco is both the country's second-most densely populated major city after New York City and the fifth-most densely populated county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs. California's $3.0 trillion economy is larger than that of any other state, larger than those of Texas and Florida combined, the largest sub-national economy in the world. If it were a country, California would be the 5th largest economy in the world, the 36th most populous as of 2017.
The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second- and third-largest urban economies, after the New York metropolitan area. The San Francisco Bay Area PSA had the nation's highest GDP per capita in 2017 among large PSAs, is home to three of the world's ten largest companies by market capitalization and four of the world's ten richest people. California is considered a global trendsetter in popular culture, innovation and politics, it is considered the origin of the American film industry, the hippie counterculture, fast food, the Internet, the personal computer, among others. The San Francisco Bay Area and the Greater Los Angeles Area are seen as global centers of the technology and entertainment industries, respectively. California has a diverse economy: 58% of the state's economy is centered on finance, real estate services and professional, scientific and technical business services. Although it accounts for only 1.5% of the state's economy, California's agriculture industry has the highest output of any U.
S. state. California is bordered by Oregon to the north and Arizona to the east, the Mexican state of Baja California to the south; the state's diverse geography ranges from the Pacific Coast in the west to the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the east, from the redwood–Douglas fir forests in the northwest to the Mojave Desert in the southeast. The Central Valley, a major agricultural area, dominates the state's center. Although California is well-known for its warm Mediterranean climate, the large size of the state results in climates that vary from moist temperate rainforest in the north to arid desert in the interior, as well as snowy alpine in the mountains. Over time and wildfires have become more pervasive features. What is now California was first settled by various Native Californian tribes before being explored by a number of European expeditions during the 16th and 17th centuries; the Spanish Empire claimed it as part of Alta California in their New Spain colony. The area became a part of Mexico in 1821 following its successful war for independence but was ceded to the United States in 1848 after the Mexican–American War.
The western portion of Alta California was organized and admitted as the 31st state on September 9, 1850. The California Gold Rush starting in 1848 led to dramatic social and demographic changes, with large-scale emigration from the east and abroad with an accompanying economic boom; the word California referred to the Baja California Peninsula of Mexico. The name derived from the mythical island California in the fictional story of Queen Calafia, as recorded in a 1510 work The Adventures of Esplandián by Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo; this work was the fifth in a popular Spanish chivalric romance series that began with Amadis de Gaula. Queen Calafia's kingdom was said to be a remote land rich in gold and pearls, inhabited by beautiful black women who wore gold armor and lived like Amazons, as well as griffins and other strange beasts. In the fictional paradise, the ruler Queen Calafia fought alongside Muslims and her name may have been chosen to echo the title of a Muslim leader, the Caliph. It's possible.
Know ye that at the right hand of the Indies there is an island called California close to that part of the Terrestrial Paradise, inhabited by black women without a single man among them, they lived in the manner of Amazons. They were robust of body with great virtue; the island itself is one of the wildest in the world on account of the craggy rocks. Shortened forms of the state's name include CA, Cal. Calif. and US-CA. Settled by successive waves of arrivals during the last 10,000 years, California was one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse areas in pre-Columbian North America. Various estimates of the native population range from 100,000 to 300,000; the Indigenous peoples of California included more than 70 distinct groups of Native Americans, ranging from large, settled populations living on the coast to groups in the interior. California groups were diverse in their political organization with bands, villages, on the resource-rich coasts, large chiefdoms, such as the Chumash and Salinan.
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A county seat is an administrative center, seat of government, or capital city of a county or civil parish. The term is used in Canada, Romania and the United States. County towns have a similar function in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, in Jamaica. In most of the United States, counties are the political subdivisions of a state; the city, town, or populated place that houses county government is known as the seat of its respective county. The county legislature, county courthouse, sheriff's department headquarters, hall of records and correctional facility are located in the county seat though some functions may be located or conducted in other parts of the county if it is geographically large. A county seat is but not always, an incorporated municipality; the exceptions include the county seats of counties that have no incorporated municipalities within their borders, such as Arlington County, Virginia. Ellicott City, the county seat of Howard County, is the largest unincorporated county seat in the United States, followed by Towson, the county seat of Baltimore County, Maryland.
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Cartago is a census-designated place in Inyo County, United States. Cartago is located on the west side of Owens Lake 3 miles north-northwest of Olancha, at an elevation of 3629 feet; the population was 92 at the 2010 census, down from 109 at the 2000 census. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.2 square miles, over 99% of it land. Located near the now abandoned settlement of Carthage, Cartago took its name from the Spanish name for ancient Carthage; the first post office at Cartago opened in 1918. During the heyday of mining in the area, Cartago was a steamboat port for shipment of ore; the 2010 United States Census reported that Cartago had a population of 92. The population density was 78.5 people per square mile. The racial makeup of Cartago was 63 White, 0 African American, 7 Native American, 0 Asian, 0 Pacific Islander, 11 from other races, 11 from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16 persons; the Census reported that 92 people lived in households, 0 lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, 0 were institutionalized.
There were 44 households, out of which 11 had children under the age of 18 living in them, 18 were opposite-sex married couples living together, 5 had a female householder with no husband present, 2 had a male householder with no wife present. There were 1 unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, 0 same-sex married couples or partnerships. 18 households were made up of individuals and 4 had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09. There were 25 families; the population was spread out with 19 people under the age of 18, 9 people aged 18 to 24, 18 people aged 25 to 44, 30 people aged 45 to 64, 16 people who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.0 years. For every 100 females, there were 124.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 135.5 males. There were 55 housing units at an average density of 46.9 per square mile, of which 44 were occupied, of which 28 were owner-occupied, 16 were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0%.
58 people lived in owner-occupied housing units and 34 people lived in rental housing units. As of the census of 2000, there were 109 people, 40 households, 25 families residing in the CDP; the population density was 68.7 people per square mile. There were 49 housing units at an average density of 30.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the CDP was 76.15% White, 2.75% Native American, 20.18% from other races, 0.92% from two or more races. 38.53% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 40 households out of which 37.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.0% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.5% were non-families. 32.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.36. In the CDP, the population was spread out with 31.2% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females, there were 142.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 127.3 males. The median income for a household in the CDP was $34,375, the median income for a family was $50,625. Males had a median income of $33,750 versus $7,083 for females; the per capita income for the CDP was $14,699. There were no families and 5.1% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 27.3% of those over 64. In the state legislature, Cartago is in the 8th Senate District, represented by Republican Andreas Borgeas, the 26th Assembly District, represented by Republican Devon Mathis. Federally, Cartago is in California's 8th congressional district, represented by Republican Paul Cook
Independence is a census-designated place in Inyo County, California. Independence is located 41 miles south-southeast of Bishop, at an elevation of 3930 feet, it is the county seat of California. The population of this census-designated place was 669 at the 2010 census, up from 574 at the 2000 census; the tiny village of Independence is bisected by U. S. Route 395, the main north-south highway through the Owens Valley; the Sierra Nevada mountains to the west lie within the John Muir Wilderness Area. Onion Valley, one of the principal entry routes to the John Muir Wilderness, is accessed via the Onion Valley road which heads directly west out of Independence; this trail takes hikers to Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Parks which protect the Sierra Nevada west of the divide between the Owens Valley on the east and the rivers which drain into the San Joaquin Valley to the west. Independence is a popular resupply location for hikers trekking the 2,650 mile long Pacific Crest Trail which extends from the Mexican border to Canada along the crest of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Ranges.
The highest pass along the entire trail, 13,153 foot Forester Pass, is directly west of Independence. According to the United States Census Bureau, Independence covers an area of 4.9 square miles, over 99% of it land. The elevation of Independence is 3,925 feet above sea level. Independence, as well as most of the Owens Valley, has a high desert climate with hot summers and cool winters. January temperatures range from an average high of 54.0 °F to an average low of 27.4 °F. July temperatures range from an average high of 97.6 °F to an average low of 63.9 °F. The highest recorded temperature was 115 °F in June 2017; the lowest recorded temperature was −5 °F on January 9, 1937. There are an average of 97.7 days annually with highs of 90 °F or higher and an average of 88.1 days with lows of 32 °F or less. Annual precipitation averages only 5.82 inches. The most precipitation in one month was 23.9 inches in February 1904. The most precipitation in 24 hours was 5.27 inches on December 6, 1966. Snowfall varies from year to year, averaging only 5.5 inches.
The most snow in one month was 112.0 inches in February 1904. Charles Putnam founded a trading post at the site in 1861, it became known as Putnam's, Little Pine from the Little Pine Creek. Independence began as the US Army Camp Independence established by Lieutenant Colonel George S. Evans on July 4, 1862. Colonel Evans established the camp at the request of local settlers; the camp was soon closed, but was re-established as Fort Independence when hostilities resumed in 1865. The fort was abandoned in 1877, it is a reservation for the Fort Independence Indian Community of Paiute Indians. Independence became the seat of Inyo County in 1866 when its chief competitor for the honor, a mining camp called Kearsarge, disappeared under an avalanche; the first post office at Independence was established in 1866. United States Army General John K. Singlaub was born in Independence; the Eastern California Museum with extensive collections and programs. The home of author Mary Austin, the author of The Land of Little Rain, is preserved as a museum located at 235 Market Street in Independence.
The Inyo County Free Library is in the Inyo County Courthouse. The 2010 United States Census reported that Independence had a population of 669; the population density was 137.4 people per square mile. The racial makeup of Independence was 493 White, 6 African American, 98 Native American, 8 Asian, 1 Pacific Islander, 28 from other races, 35 from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 93 persons; the Census reported that 603 people lived in households, 8 lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, 58 were institutionalized. There were 301 households, out of which 57 had children under the age of 18 living in them, 131 were opposite-sex married couples living together, 20 had a female householder with no husband present, 8 had a male householder with no wife present. There were 13 unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, 3 same-sex married couples or partnerships. 122 households were made up of individuals and 47 had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.00.
There were 159 families. The population was spread out with 100 people under the age of 18, 54 people aged 18 to 24, 117 people aged 25 to 44, 259 people aged 45 to 64, 139 people who were 65 years of age or older; the median age was 51.1 years. For every 100 females, there were 105.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.2 males. There were 389 housing units at an average density of 79.9 per square mile, of which 301 were occupied, of which 210 were owner-occupied, 91 were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 5.8%. 410 people lived in owner-occupied housing units and 193 people lived in rental housing units. As of the census of 2000, there were 574 people, 272 households, 161 families residing in the CDP; the population density was 143.6 people per square mile. There were 342 housing units at an average density of 85.6 per square mile. The racial makeup of the CDP was 88.9% White, 3.5% N
Ballarat is an unincorporated community in Inyo County, California. It lies at an elevation of 1079 feet. Today, Ballarat is a virtual ghost town, it was founded in 1897 as a supply point for the mines in the canyons of the Panamint Range. A quarter-mile to the south is a reliable water source used since the 1850s. George Riggins, an immigrant from Australia, gave Ballarat its name when he proposed it should be named for Ballarat, Victoria; the town was founded in 1897. In its heyday—from 1897 to 1905—Ballarat had 400 to 500 residents, it hosted seven saloons, three hotels, a Wells Fargo station, post office, school, a jail and morgue, but no churches. Ballarat was a place for prospectors to resupply and relax; the town began to decline when the Ratcliff Mine, in Pleasant Canyon east of town, suspended operations. Other mines nearby began to play out, in 1917 the post office closed and all that remained were a few diehard prospectors and desert rats. In the 1960s, Charles Manson and the "Manson Family" of killers moved into a ranch south of Ballarat, left graffiti in the town.
The 1969 movie Easy Rider has a scene filmed in Ballarat. After arriving in the town, Peter Fonda's character, removes his Rolex watch and throws it away before he and Dennis Hopper's character, head east on their motorcycles towards New Orleans. On Easter weekend, 1971, about two thousand people attended a "hippy" celebration at Ballarat. About two hundred contracted hepatitis from contaminated drinking water. Today, Ballarat has one full-time resident; as of June 2013 Rocky Novak and his dogs and Brownie, live in the town. Rocky runs the general store on afternoons and weekends to supply tourists, is working on repairing the water pipes that supply the town, for which he is paid by the government. Rocky was featured in the 2018 film vignette "The Mayor of Ballarat" by Mickey Todiwala and Monika Delgado; the five-minute character piece features a montage of various Ballarat locations with a voiceover of Rocky describing his life in town and musings on human nature. Every summer, a woman her son move into the former jailhouse/morgue.
Ballarat is used as a meeting point for four-wheel-drive expeditions into the Panamint Range and Death Valley, in winter up to 300 people camp in the grounds of the town. The town was used as a set to tell the story of the Ballarat Bandit. Ballarat was featured in: an episode of Top Gear USA the movie ObselidiaThe town has a ZIP Code of 93592, is inside area codes 442 and 760. Ballarat has featured in Western fiction including Hellbound for Ballarat by Nelson C. Nye and Bounty Hunt at Ballarat by Clayton Matthews. List of ghost towns GhostTowns.com: Ballarat Desertusa.com: Ballarat Digital-Desert: Ballarat