Ghost Town of Schwab


In 1904 there was a discovery of Rhyolite in Death Valley. The area became known as "Lost Breyfogle" with the Funeral Range separating Death Valley from Amargosa Valley. By 1905 numerous families moved in to get a piece of the discovery including Chet Leavitt who crossed the Funeral Range and made his way to Echo Canyon. The course took him over to the west side of the range. Today visitors can see this area which is known as the Ghost Town of Schwab by heading to Death Valley Junction Death Valley National Park, California.

Death Valley Junction is an unincorporated town with a city limit population of 4 residents and at most 20 residents. By going through Death Valley Junction visitors will be coming from the east towards the national park. The town has little remnants such as an old building and some mining products. The town was named after Charles Schwab, a steel magnate. His attention was caught when miners found ore while looking for Rhyolite. Eventually the town had over 200 people, a post office, many homes, and plenty of ore to mine. When the mine dried up, the town left.

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