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Location DB > United States > California > Mojave National Preserve > Riley's Camp
Riley's Camp
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created by robk700 on 12/29/2009 1:00 AM
last modified by robk700 on 1/15/2010 2:52 AM
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 Basic Information
Type: Outdoors
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: drop everything - must see
 Physical Information

Mojave National Preserve, California
United States
Owner: Mojave National Preserve
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  • water
  • air quality
  • general mine hazards
  •  Interesting Features
    Gold Mines
    Cold Storage
     Security Measures
  • barbed wire
  • razor wire
  • welded doors
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1919
    Closed: 1990
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • high clearance vehicle
  •  Recommended Equipment
    4X4 vehicle
    Between the Striped and Ivanpah mountains, in the Mojave National Preserve, lies a valley rich in history. The first non native visitors were the Spanish who left messages in secret code carved into the rocks. After WWI, many wounded soldiers fled to this isolated region, seeking greater health. Riley built is cabin here and began extensive mining operations. He was joined by many other ranchers and fellow gold seekers. Riley died in 1984 but a small community lived and worked the land until the formation of the Preserve in 1991. At this time the remaining population was forced to leave. 5 miles north, at Kokoweef, a similar community found a loophole and legally retained their land. Today, they seek for a long lost "river of gold". But that's another story.
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    Tue, Dec 29th, 2009
    posted by robk700
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Opheliaism on 1/15/2010 11:50 PM.

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  • on Jan 15 10 at 23:50, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Jan 15 10 at 2:52, robk700 changed the following: Accessibility, Interesting Features, Required Equipment
  • on Jan 7 10 at 13:41, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Jan 7 10 at 13:14, robk700 made this location public
  • on Dec 29 09 at 4:33, Steed validated this location
  • on Dec 29 09 at 1:55, robk700 made this location available
  • on Dec 29 09 at 1:55, robk700 changed the following: Display Name, Notes for Mods, Owner, Type, City, Province / State (please use full name), Country, Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy, Prefer Satellite, History, Year Built, Year Closed, Status, Accessibility, Hazards, Interesting Features, Recommendation, Security Measures, Required Equipment, Recommended Equipment, Media Coverage, Future Plans, Description, Web Links
  • on Dec 29 09 at 1:06, robk700 updated gallery 2009
  • on Dec 29 09 at 1:05, robk700 added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Dec 29 09 at 1:03, robk700 added some pictures to a gallery
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