Looking for picture of Ballarat Market

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Looking for picture of Ballarat Market

Post by janders1957 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:56 pm

Anyone have a vintage picture of the Ballarat Market, circa 1912 or so?

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Post by Like to Hike » Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:23 pm

I have a picture of the General store if that will help. I can scan a picture from a book I have. It's called Ballarat 1897-1917 Facts and Folklore. It was published in 1965. There are other pictures in the book too if you are interested.
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Post by janders1957 » Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:59 pm

Thank you for the offer Jeff, I do have that book. I'm just not certain exactly what the story is. I've found a couple references to Domingo Etcharren buying or opening a market in Ballarat, and it's known he and my grandfather were partners in several ventures, one of them cattle ranching at Junction Ranch. And I have a scan of a receipt from 'Ballarat Market' with John and Domingo listed as proprietors. But it's looking more like there never was a hard store front with that name.
Perhaps Domingo bought an existing market, and operated Ballarat Market from within. As a kid, my mom used to shop at a grocery store in Palo Alto, Midtown Market. There was a butchery/ meat market in side, Ducca Hanley. They were an independent business operating out of the grocery store.
So I'm thinking that the Ballarat Market might have been a similar sort of operation. Sad that so little has survived. Had my dad not died in 1958, I might have learned a lot more...

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Post by Like to Hike » Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:45 pm

Good luck to you. I recently acquired about 80+ books related to Death Valley and Nevada/California Ghost Towns that were printed in the 60-70's. If you are looking for anything else in particular I might have it.
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Post by janders1957 » Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:27 pm

If you run across in any of those books, references to Junction Ranch, Millspaugh, John Carricart, or Domingo Etcharren, and happen to think of me, would love to know the title/author of said book(s) so I can hunt down copies. I can be very very patient on ebay, it's taken me a year or more to find some books (at a price I was willing to pay)

Again, I appreciate your offer and will keep you in mind. A book of my own is a certainty now, no telling what info I might decide to follow up on.

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Post by Like to Hike » Wed Sep 04, 2013 7:54 pm

I will keep it in mind. I'm getting excited for my annual three week adventure in the DV area. Plenty of time for reading books and exploring. We will be in the Furnace Creek Wash area for a week and then into the valley for the Encampment.

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Post by janders1957 » Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:54 pm

Wow, I am envious. I dreamed for decades of visiting my grandfather's old stomping grounds, was only late 2011 I finally made it. Grew up in SF Bay area, moved to Grass Valley 1980. Trees everywhere. 2011, my first time in Mojave, and I loved it. I could probably spend 2-3 years down there if fit enough, just hiking and exploring. Alas, married a lady in Australia and moving soon as my immigration papers are approved.

One more trip down south, mid October. Speaking at Maturango Musuem on my grandfather, along with a Basque gentleman researching possible astronomical connections with the petroglyps in the area, and Kish LaPierre, one of the archaeologists at China Lake. Just did the talk at Center for Basque Studies at UNR. Sure have come a long way since I started researching my grandfather some 10 years ago!

If I haul out of here very early, I think I can budget 2 hours at Bodie. No, not near enough, but better than never seeing it at all. Then to Eastern California Museum to exchange info. If I'm doing good enough, down to Darwin for maybe an hour of street photography before setting off for Ridgecrest for the night. It's virtually certain to be my last visit to the area, trying to cram as much in as I can...

In a good sort of way, envious of all the folks that have had so much time in DV and surrounding areas...

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Post by ETAV8R » Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:19 pm

When is the Maturango speech happening? Sounds interesting already.

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Post by janders1957 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:51 am

We are on the schedule for October 17th, unsure of time. I heard first it was at Maturango, then HSUMD, then back at Maturango. Pretty sure right now it's the latter. Been a lot of shuffling back and forth trying to find a date that works for everyone...

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Post by ETAV8R » Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:53 am

Is this open to the public?

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Post by janders1957 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 3:29 pm

Sure is, open to the public and free! Just got confirmation. Doors open at 7, presentation starts at 7:30, and it is at Maturango.

If you make it, be sure to introduce yourself and say Hi!

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Post by Like to Hike » Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:14 pm

I assume you have the PDF of the March 1944 Desert Magazine. Great article!

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Post by janders1957 » Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:11 am

Not only the PDF, but an original copy! Took a while to find it on eBay. I'm a bit of a traditionalist with respect to reading materials. Nothing wrong with PDF and Ebooks, but I prefer old fashioned hard copy whenever possible.

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Post by Like to Hike » Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:23 pm

Me too on the hard copy. I'd love to find a stack of those magazines at a garage sale. Great information about the way it used to be. I'm trying to figure out how to attend your talk. If my schedule at work cooperates then I'll be there. Sounds great.

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Post by janders1957 » Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:26 pm

I had to buy nearly a year's worth to get that one issue, will have to check and see which ones are missing, but think I have most of 1945. If you're interested, we can work out a price. Email me off-list mailto:janders1957@gmail.com

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