Slaughterhouse Spring, Brant Station and Ivanpah #2 - Mojave National Preservephotos

camp from mineAfter our exploration of Chinese Canyon yesterday, we enjoyed our snug campsite last night on the hillside overlooking the dense mat of vegetation covering the area around Slaughterhouse Spring. Today, as dawn pries us from our sleeping bags, we'll be heading down to the Slaughterhouse Spring area to retrieve the game camera and see what viciously fanged and clawed beast it photographed last night while we all slept. There are also some old prospects in that area so while we're down there we hope to check them out as well.

After that, we'll be travelling back in time along the route of the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad to visit the barely discernible remains of the old station site at Brant. Hopefully, we'll be able to photograph some of the trash items and see if they fit into the 1905 to roughly 1920 dates for the old station.

bottle bottomsLastly, we're hoping that we'll be able to find some remains from the old site of Ivanpah #2. This railhead town on the spur of the old Nevada Southern extension line into Ivanpah Valley existed from 1902 to 1905 as the shipping point for ore from the Copper World Mine. Three years isn't much time to generate a lot of artifacts but we'll be doing our best to find 'em, photograph them and hopefully be able to identify them.

This sounds like a relaxing way to spend a Sunday morning and that's just what our aching legs are asking for. Want to amble along with us in search of history? All you have to do is click on the photo link below and we'll start you on your way to earning a degree in Garbageology.

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