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:9 We arrive at Confidence Mills a very aged mining venture the driver of the grub wagon upon spying the cog wheel decided it would be just the thing for his ranch but when he came to pick it up decided for his flivers sake to leave it; Left Black Hawk mine at 8:30 a.m., Jan. 9 arrived at Confidence Mills at 5:00 p.m. -- 88 miles; Confidence Mills -- below sea level
:14 We pass Ashford mills -- A deserted hope -- Thousands of dollars of equipment left here. This mill was of the roller type and the building has a 75 horsepower engine in it in the foreground out of sight of the cameras eye is a big truck the rubber slowly rotting away. Mr Billyon and A. E. Dimock sitting on top; Ashford Mills.
We try to locate Stovepipe Wells but after wandering around some terrible roads the likes of which may be seen in the background
we make camp here at 5 p.m. Jan. 11, 32 miles, falling down fast on that milage. Billyan's one cylinder stove is hitting on
all the cylinder as may be seen on the left of the picture.
First day 142 miles
Second day 88 miles
Third day 57 miles
Fourth day 32 miles; The Horrible Road, a gullie every three feet.
:46 We leave the camp near the horrible road at 10:20 a.m. Jan. 12 and are bound for Rhyolite Nevada the Goat city. The road? Was found to be all up, no down in fact 15 miles was Ford low[?] and a hundred degrees. A stop every mile to let the clutch pedal cool off. 200 feet below sea level to 4000 feet above and roads like the picture on the next page; On the way to Rhyolite.
:49 We reach Rhyolite at 3:25 p.m. the first house we saw was the Bottle House a picture of which appears on the opposite page but we drove thru the town until we reached the railroad depot, here we left our machines and made a tour of the town. 25 miles this date; The Bottle House.
:64 We camp by the Amagrossa river at 6:20 p.m. -- 59 miles. The Amagrossa is an alkaline stream which goes down into Death Valley and flows underground until it stops under the Devil's Golf Course. The next morning it was so cold that it took us 3 hours to start the flivers, the oil had frozen into chunks; the Amagrossa river.
:67 We reached Cave Springs at 6:20 p.m. -- 75 miles. This was one of the stopping places of the twenty mule team Borax days, the place where the machines are in was a corral with walls of stone to keep the stock in. An abundance of water is found in the caves in the banks. On the way we stopped at Saratoga Springs a big bubbling pool of hot water in which little black fish lived; Cave Springs.
:68 Jan. 15 left Cave Springs at 9:40 headed for Yermo, from which place went to the old town site of Calico the home of the famous Silver King mine from which 75 million dollars of silver was taken 30 years ago. Here through the courtesy of the one resident and old miner who provided us with carbide lamps we inspected the mine after which we drove in the Canyon below the town and made camp. Calico burned down three times so they made their buildings out of earth; Main St. Calico.
:75 Death Valley. Introducing the much talked of "Death Valley Scotty" whose correct name is Walter Scott. Scotty has surrounded himself with mystery. At one time he was a rider with a wild west circus. In 1906 he appeared amongst the mines of Nevada and seems to have become rich since then. His home is in Grapevine canyon at the north end of Death Valley.
:76 Death Valley. In 1876 Government Surveyors found this old wagon in the valley north of "Emigrant Wash". Since then this place has been marked on the maps as "Last Wagon". It was found 52 years ago but to this day nothing definite has been found as to how it came to be in Death Valley.