"Garlock Ghost Town Almost Lost" Garlock by Yaqui
Garlock Travel Guide: 4 reviews and 17 photos
Garlock, what can I say about Garlock. Not exactly a vacationers dream….hmm no…LOL! Yet, I love to explore any of our Gold Rush era such as Garlock. It’s even on the Atlas map because of its importance to California’s past and they graced it with a historical marker to prove it. Originally called Cow Wells by the miners in the 1880’s, it was just a little community that was a major supply point for many of the local miners and then became substantial because of stamp mill that was brought in by Eugene Garlock in 1896. What is a Stamp Mill? It was a huge contraption used to crush gold ore that was being mined and brought here from the local miners. I noticed the railroad track still graces itself along here, since many of the lines were tore up back in the 1930’s.
California Abandon Mines~Stay Out~Stay Alive!
This huge contraption is used to crush the ore. This one is on display in Randsburg, next to the Rand Desert Musuem.
Also there are a couple of places not far from here to visit if you like historical mining communities: Red Mountain and Johannesburg
And not far are two parks in Cantil Red Rock Canyon State Park & Jawbone Canyon
Just remember "California Abandon Mines~Stay Out~Stay Alive!"
Most of the buildings are gone because of decay and vandals, hence the fencing around the ones that are still standing. There is even a caretaker who lives right next to the area. I discovered from some documentation of stories that many of the buildings were moved by their owners such as Mrs. Kern who had a boarding house and freighter John Cuddleback who took many wooden buildings from Garlock by moving them through the deep sand to Randsburg or Rand Camp back then. A pumping station was built east of Garlock at Goler Canyon, so water was available for the new 100 stamp mill in the Rand Camp Yellow Aster Mine. So Garlock soon became abandon little by little because the miners were needed at Rand Camp. So this would explain of many of the missing structures. So Garlock sits decaying every minute, so if your passing this area. Stop and hopefully you’ll see what history left behind.
- Pros:It's a historical place
- Cons:Nothing around and traffic passes thru here at high speeds, so be careful
- In a nutshell:Has a historical marker worth seeing
Originally called Cow Wells by the miners in the 1880’s, it was just a little community that was a major supply point... more travel advice
If you do venture out along here, you'll discover this a shortcut from Highway 395 to the Highway 14. Locals know about... more travel advice
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