A visit to Darwin, CA, a semi-populated ghost town and the craziness that surrounds it.
Darwin loves to twerk it out. Rich silver-lead deposits were discovered late in October 1874. The town was named after Dr. Darwin French, an early explorer of the region. By the end of 1875, Darwin boasted two smelters, some 20 operating mines, 200 frame houses and more than 700 residents. The town reached its peak in 1876 with five furnaces and more than a thousand inhabitants. Today the ghost of Darwin is a collection of rude shacks and The Defiance smelter with its scattered and rusted machinery.
Rock art in the yard of one of the 50 residents that supposedly live here.
Holes make incredible frames.
Underground living in Darwin, CA
More underground living in Darwin, CA.
The old post office in Darwin.
Darwin isn’t that far from Owens Lake.
Is this a) The biggest cooking pot ever or b) just another piece of the massive machine that supplies LA its water? The answer is b. This was located high on a hill overlooking Haiwee Power Station #2.
The road out of Darwin.
The man, the myth, the legend. 1877 was Darwin’s peak year, with a population of over 3,500 people. They say that the violence that the town was known for had just continued to get worst. On top of the violence, a smallpox epidemic broke out around the town. In 1878 economic hard ships hit the nation hard, and in turn local mine owners cut the miners pay. In September of that same year the newspaper packed up, and went to Bodie. Many of the miner’s followed suit.
Inside a random Dolomite mine I found across from Darwin off of CA-190.
This particular mine looked like it would make a perfect den for a bobcat, so I didn’t go in to far.
Here kitty, kitty.
Cacti on the hills outside the mine.
Filler-up @ the ghost gas station of Olancha – Cartago on the 395.