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Keane Wonder Mine, Park Route 4 (Daylight Pass Cutoff), Death Valley Junction, Inyo County, CA

Keane Wonder Mine, Park Route 4 (Daylight Pass Cutoff), Death Valley Junction, Inyo County, CA

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Significance: After fifty years of tenacious but comparatively unprofitable gold mining activities in Death Valley, the Keane Wonder strike in 1904 became the heart of Death Valley's most prosperous two decades of gold mining. One of Keane Wonder Mine's most impressive and intact technological features is the aerial tramway, which is the most intact original feature of the mine and sets Keane Wonder apart as a unique historic mining site in the region today, just as it did when it began operating in 1907. Although aerial tramways have been a fairly common, well-established, and necessary part of mining operations throughout the world, the scale of the Keane Wonder tramway made it unique in the Death Valley region. It remains as one of the few places in the Mojave Desert where an intact aerial tramway of this vintage can be seen.
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N995
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N1335
Survey number: HAER CA-291
Building/structure dates: 1904 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1906-1907 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1908 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1937 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1941-1942 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1983 Subsequent Work



Historic American Engineering Record, creator
National Park Service
Albright, Horace
Mather, Stephen
Keane, Jack
Etcharren, Domingo
DeLamar, Jack
Cohen, Hartwig
Cyty, Johnny
Sullivan, Mike
Harris, Shorty
Cross, Ed
Butler, Jim
Montgomery, Bob
Schwab, Charles
Wilson, Homer
Patrick, Lucien
Wedekind, E H
Campbell, John F
Keane Wonder Mining Company
Elgan, J R
Leschen Brothers Company
Cohen Company
Ishmael, George
Cord, E L
Leonard, W D
Schriber, George
Title Insurance Company
O'Connell, Kristen, transmitter
Michigan Technological University's Industrial Archeology Program, sponsor
Death Valley National Park, sponsor
O'Connor, Richard, project manager
Lockett, Dana, project manager
Croteau, Todd, project manager
Flores, Roland, field team
Brooks, Pete, field team
James, Amy B, field team
Christianson, Justine, transmitter
O'Connor, Richard, project manager




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