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 Posted: Tue Mar 12th, 2013 12:37 am
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Great stuff, very interesting to this old desert rat!



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 Posted: Tue Mar 12th, 2013 03:34 pm
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Well, it looks like those are ore bin remains, loading directly into DVRR cars on the main line.
I  had always assumed that everything was loaded up at Ryan ore bins.





As for the cemetary, the first known burial was Jim Vance, a cook who died of a brain hemorage in June 1918.
The last was Frank McCarthy, a miner who died of a heart attack and pneumonia in February 1924. 
I'll see if I can find the 4 names in the middle......

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Great walkabout gents, thanks for posting! I appreciate the B&W for perspective. Question, that barrel lid was marked for Hercules so explosives or something similar?
Keep it coming,
Dan B

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kneighbarger wrote: As for the cemetary, the first known burial was Jim Vance, a cook who died of a brain hemorage in June 1918.
The last was Frank McCarthy, a miner who died of a heart attack and pneumonia in February 1924. 
I'll see if I can find the 4 names in the middle......


Interesting find kneighbarger.   I did some looking for the Ryan burials in the Inyo County records but didn't find anything.
Actually, the cemetery was listed with no info and the website did ask for more info if anyone had it.

Dave



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Actually, sometimes when you search you get lucky.
I stumbled across a thesis for USC by Mary Ringhoff from 2012.

"Life and Work in the Ryan District, Death Valley California, 1914-1930.
A Historic Context For a Borax Mining Community"

319 pages, the best write up of Ryan and the Borax mines that I have found yet.
Her access to resources is pretty impressive...

http://gradworks.umi.com/1514165.pdf

If this history interests you, then enjoy....

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 Posted: Fri Mar 15th, 2013 01:50 am
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The can was about 10" across and a foot tall, and I am assuming black powder.
Could be wrong though......

Ken

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 Posted: Fri Mar 15th, 2013 04:05 am
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Ken, thanks for the reply. Learned a little about the old Hercules Co. a while back, neat to see an artifact left out there. Thanks for those dimensions, might make for a neat trackside detail.

Dan B

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Here is another photo of the large "can"...



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Thanks for the photos.

I've been to Death valley a couple of times.  Planning a small layout that will haul borax.



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