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1911 Topo Map of DV and Ballarat - 100 year perspective

Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:11 pm
by Death Valley Dazed
I copied this link from a thread at r/DeathValleyNP by a subscriber named "BlankVerse."

I enjoyed scanning around the vintage map and please correct or add to my notes and conclusions which follow. I'm no expert on maps or geography.

1. Owens Lake had not been sucked dry by the L.A. Aqueduct.
2. The only way to drive from Darwin to Furnace Creek was via Wildrose Canyon, down Emigrant Canyon to Stove Pipe Wells?
3. The Big Four Mine at the base of Panamint Butte is not noted so I wonder if it had not been mined yet?
4. A "Mexican Camp" is listed near Strozzi Ranch area so wonder what became of it?
5. Is "Baldy Peak" just north of Telescope Peak now Rogers Peak or Wildrose Peak?
6. Has anyone been to Rattlesnake Cabin, noted in the upper right quadrant?

http://legacy.lib.utexas.edu/maps/topo/ ... t-1911.jpg

Re: 1911 Topo Map of DV and Ballarat - 100 year perspective

Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:10 am
by kwalsh
2. The toll road over Towne pass was built in the mid-1920s so indeed did not exist at this time.

3. Big Four Mine wasn’t developed until 1940s though there were undeveloped claims in the area before that.

5. Baldy is Rogers. It is south of Wildrose Canyon so cant be Wildrose. The peak unnamed on the 1911 map just south of it is Bennett.

6. I doubt the cabin exists anymore - most wood gets reclaimed.

If you like that map the USGS National Map lets you access multiple historical maps for the area!

Re: 1911 Topo Map of DV and Ballarat - 100 year perspective

Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:41 pm
by Death Valley Dazed
kwalsh wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:10 am
If you like that map the USGS National Map lets you access multiple historical maps for the area!
I appreciate your additions and corrections and thanks for the tip about the other vintage maps. I plan on printing a few of these off to take with me on my next DV adventure just to add even more spice to the mix.

Re: 1911 Topo Map of DV and Ballarat - 100 year perspective

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:37 pm
by Aedwards27
There are some interesting items on the old topos. I finally managed to track down Scraper Spring using them.

Re: 1911 Topo Map of DV and Ballarat - 100 year perspective

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:47 pm
by jacknv7
This site has many old topos including some in and around Death Valley that overlay Google Earth...

http://www.gelib.com/historic-topographic-maps.htm

Re: 1911 Topo Map of DV and Ballarat - 100 year perspective

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:53 pm
by D.A. Wright
The narrow guage railroad north of Keeler went away in 1960.

The standard guage railroad in the lower right had rails removed for several miles south of the Lone Pine depot in 1984, the rest of the line abandoned south to Searles and rails removed 1998-1999.

Re: 1911 Topo Map of DV and Ballarat - 100 year perspective

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:03 pm
by Aedwards27
D.A. Wright wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:53 pm
The narrow guage railroad north of Keeler went away in 1960.

The standard guage railroad in the lower right had rails removed for several miles south of the Lone Pine depot in 1984, the rest of the line abandoned south to Searles and rails removed 1998-1999.

Was 98-99 when they also removed the rails from around Little Lake?

Re: 1911 Topo Map of DV and Ballarat - 100 year perspective

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:32 am
by D.A. Wright
Yes.