Wandering Lizard
Southeastern California

An Online Magazine with Information relating to attractions, lodging, dining,
and travel resources in selected areas of the Western United States

Inyo County

Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns - Spring

In June 1873 Colonel Sherman Stevens built a sawmill and flume on Cottonwood Creek high in the Sierras (seen in the background of these pictures). The lumber delivered by the flume was used for timbering of mines to the east on the other side of Owens Lake (now dry - bottom picture). Wood was also converted to charcoal in these kilns and shipped across Owens Lake to mines located high in the Inyo Mountains above Keeler. Gold bullion from the mines was then shipped back across Owens Lake and carted by wagon to Los Angeles via the "Bullion Road." This infusion of wealth played an important part in the development of Los Angeles in the late nineteenth century.

Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns
Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns
Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns
Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns
Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns

Cristalen believes all information to be correct
but assumes no legal responsibility for it's accuracy

Copyright by Cristalen © 1997 through © 2013.. All Rights Reserved

This web site constructed and maintained by Cristalen
About the Photography | What's New | Who What Why | Navigation Tips | List Your Property | Contact Us | Index