Camp Keeler #14 by I Nancy, on Flickr
A final glance back at the derelict Keeler Camp. I’ve created a set of 14 images which hold together in theme and processing which you can visit on my Flickr site. I hope to visit again and get some new angles and different season. Perhaps a spring-time visit will bring green grasses and wildflowers to the scene?
Some more images of other parts of Keeler will be heading up soon.
Camp Keeler #11 by I Nancy, on Flickr
Continuing on my photo essay of Keeler camp sites, I spied this chair set out as if to a place to rest, beer in hand, watching the birds come and go over the lake. There is only one problem, the lake is dry.
Camp Keeler #1 by I Nancy, on Flickr
Keeler California, located on the east shore of Owens Lake, population was 66 at the 2000 census. Home of the Cerro Gordo Mines, one of the richest producing silver, lead, and zinc begining in 1866 and peaking in the early 1880s. Silver from the mine was smelted in the town of Keeler and floated by steam boat across the Owens Lake. Ownen’s Lake is now a dry lake-bed and Keeler a decaying town.
But there is a sense of humor in Keeler where Norm Hoffman built his homage to the Lake on a plot of land which was once a lake side property before 1924 when Mulholland’s Los Angeles Aqueduct bleed the lake dry.
I have visited Keeler twice now and hope for a few more visits. There is a wide variety of new and old. Everywhere cars and trailers in various states of repair and decay. Recently, instead of peppering around an image here and an image there, my goals are to create small focused studies. Here is the opening expose for my full set of images entitled Camp Keeler.
Camp Keeler #2 by I Nancy, on Flickr
The town of Keeler, population 66, cynically maintains Camp Keeler on the shores of the now dry Owens Lake. Keeler boomed with the silver, lead and zinc successes of the Cerro Gordo Mines in the late 1800’s. The drying of the lake began in 1927 with the export of water from the central valley into Los Angeles via Mulholland’s LA Aqueduct.