|Lewis & Clark at the Viking Mine Camp - Overlooking the Lower Centennial Flats|
It's Wednesday morning - day three of overlanding - no shower for Bobbi and she's starting to feel a bit grimy. But we slept amazingly well at the Boxcar Cabin with the wood burning stove putting off lots of heat and then the Mr. Buddy Heater, which Paul set up in the middle of the night to make sure we stayed warm.
|Paul and Bobbi Jo - up early at the Viking Mine Camp|
|Viking Mine Camp - note the Christmas wreath!|
|Viking Mine Camp - Large Building With Multiple Rooms - Wood Shingles for Siding|
|Papa Smurf - I Mean Paul - At Viking Camp|
|Little Fixed Wing at Panamint Springs|
We do one last stop at Panamint Springs, which we know will be the last stop with any semblance of groceries, etc. I was going to get more eggs, but the truck doesn't come until this afternoon - so no more eggs this trip. And we are off again...
|Panamint Valley Road|
|Minnietta Cabin - note the flag - the cabin is taken|
|Minietta Mine/Little Mack Mine|
|Paul Being a Kid and Climbing on Things at the Minnietta Mine - This Boy Never Grows Up!|
|Panamint Valley Vistas! Gorgeous...|
|Ballarat - Note the Power Wagon on the Left - Supposedly Tex Watson's Escape Vehicle - More on That Later|
|The J.B. Foote Foundry Co. Leader Automatic Block Machine|
|A Catalog from the J.B. Foote Foundry showing the Block Machine at the Bottom!|
It is said that Ballarat soon had seven saloons, three hotels, a Wells Fargo station, a post office, a school, a jail and a morgue. But no church. This seems to be a recurring theme in a lot of ghosttowns. Hmmm. Oh, and they apparently had a "red district" of some kind as well - gotta have those "soiled doves"!
|Old Truck on the Way Up Pleasant Canyon to the Claire Camp|
|Claire Camp Looking North - Cabin is No Trespassing|
|Boilers at Claire Camp - Note the Two Crosses Up Top|
|A Piece of Cut Steel Cabling for a Winch or Tramway at Claire Camp|
The Radcliffe/Ratcliff Mine was up the hill to the right, but access was corded off - the trail looked nasty anyway. Henry Ratcliff began mining here in 1896 - his mine was called the Never Give Up Mine. By 1905, the Ratcliff Mine has suspended their operations. In 1930, W.D. Claire purchased the Ratcliff Mine and began to work the tailings - this is when it became Claire Camp. I've seen posts that there were people living there in 2015, so this area has been worked on and off regularly.
|The Amazing World Beater Cabin - Note the Flag We Put Out|
As we pulled around a small switchback, the Cabin came into view - it was a gorgeous looking cabin, and we looked around and didn't see a flag. Excited, we drove up to it, went inside, and put the flag out! It was ours for the evening! Easily the nicest cabin we had seen this trip (and ultimately the entire trip). There was an outhouse, and a HUGE steel drum stove inside. This cabin is privately owned, but the owners are gracious enough to allow visitors. By this time, we are getting chilly, so we start up a fire and begin to unload the truck.
|Our Cots, Sleeping Bags and the Monster Stove at the World Beater Cabin!|
|Patio at the World Beater Mine - and Paul Making Drinks|
|Bobbi Relaxing After a Long Day - World Beater Cabin|
|Paul and Bobbi on the World Beater Cabin Patio During Sunset|