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January 23, 1861: Temescal

January 23, 2011

across the valley

Temescal Hills from near Camp 9; by miheco, on Flickr

Camp 9

[Today], while the Professor went to the tin mines, Averill and I went across to the hills on the opposite side of the valley to observe rocks. The Temescal hills are a range some two thousand feet high, lying east of the Santa Ana Mountains, and are celebrated now as being the locality of fabulous mines and quantities of tin. People are “crazy” about tin ore, every man has from one to fifty claims, while poor devils with ragged clothes and short pipes talk as they smoke of being the wealthy owners of one hundred or two hundred tin claims, each in time to rival Cornwall or Banca. It was to see these mines and the formation around that we came here.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. George Smithson permalink
    June 4, 2013 4:05 pm

    Looks like Estelle Mountain.

  2. William H. Brewer permalink*
    June 4, 2013 4:43 pm

    Ah…yes, I think you’re right, based on the topo.

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