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Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge Railroad

carson n colorado

Keeler
Cerro Gordo
Bowland
Owens Lake

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All material courtesy of Rich McCutchan unless otherwise noted.
See USE NOTICE on Home Page.
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 carson and colorado
Engine Nos. 9 and 18 on and evening run.




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Somewhere along the Carson & Colorado RR in Owens Valley
keeler soda works
Keeler Soda Works along the Carson & Colorado RR

at keeler
No. 9 waits for a switch at Keeler back in 1938.


end of the line

"End of the line."

florence

Stranded by economics, geography and time, the Owens Valley narrow gauge traversed a beautiful and remote land on the east side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The former Florence & Cripple Creek Engine No. 22 drifts into Keeler in 1940.

cargo transfer
Transferring bags of gypsum at Keeler.

switching cars at keeler
Slim Princess No. 9 switches a string of cars at Keeler.

being turned at Keeler

Engine No. 9 is turned on the Keeler wye as fans watch.

keeler depot

Keeler Depot with Cerro Gordo Tramway Terminal in the distance - 1948

carson and colorado

Engine Nos. 9 and 18 on and evening run from Keeler.
This is Keeler looking kind of south/east towards the Inyo Mountains. Water tank in the background. The locomotives are sitting on the service track. Engine house would be a short distance in front of the locomotives. .

cerro gordo

Cerro Gordo terminus, just south of Keeler on the SPNG in Owens Valley.

flash flood

Digging out the rails after a flash flood at Keeler in 1919.

keeler work crew

The Inyo Development Company engine No. 1 at work at Keeler in 1904.
(Eastern California Museum)

heading home to keeler

Engine No. 9 steaming home to Keeler with a five car consist in the late afternoon of December 18, 1948.

hauling talc

Engine No. 8 steaming out of Keeler with a short consist.

hauling talc

Engine No. 18 heading north out of Keeler with 14, 495' Mt. Whitney (far right) towering in the distance.

keeler yard
Engine facilities at Keeler, California.

inyo development company
The Inyo Development Company was formed in 1885 by D.O. Mills to recover soda ash from Owens Lake. In 1902 the firm purchased a Eureka & Palisade 2-6-0 from the Bodie & Benton, and had the Mogul rebuilt by the Virginia & Truckee's Carson Shop. The I.D.C. locomotive (above) is en route to Keeler 1902.

keeler tram terminus

Cerro Gordo aerial tram terminus at Keeler. Built in 1908 by the Cerro Gordo Mines Company, it connected the silver mine with the railroad.

tram house

Here empty cars await the turning of the tram cable wheels at the Keeler terminus. The tramway was dismantled in 1960 and transported bolt and board to Candelaria, Nevada to participate in a modern day mining promotion.

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Carson & Colorado RR at the Cerro Gordo plant in Keeler
(Photo courtesy of Dennis Burke)

slim princess

Here's a great Bill Poole photo of SPNG #9 at Keeler on the track where the Engine House once stood.
(Text and Photo courtesy of Dennis Burke)

tram terminus

Built in 1915, the Cerro Gordo tramway was operated until 1927. For the next 33 years, the ore buckets (some still full) quietly hung as silent sentinels reminiscent of the bonanza passed.

stacked bullion

A portion of the $213,392,000 in silver bullion produced by the Cerro Gordo mine between 1880 and 1948 stacked up on the shores of Owens Lake awaiting shipment to Los Angeles.
(Eastern California Museum) 

cerro gordo tram

Suspended ore buckets on the Cerro Gordo aerial tram. 

tram terminus

The aerial tram in 1939 with baggage car 12 and combine 7.

cerro gordo

Discovered in 1865, the Cerro Gordo Mine and town still boasted many buildings in 1917. The American Hotel is shown at the lower right; the main mine buildings are in the center; the upper tramway terminus is shown at the left center.

keeler station
Keeler Station looking towards the Panamint Mountains
keeler station
Keeler Station with a Southern Pacific boxcar standing by.
(Eastern California Museum Collection) 

keeler shop

Keeler Station "open shop" engine facilities

slim rails
The actual "end of the line" for the Carson & Colorado Railroad.
The Natural Soda Products Company spur 2 miles south of Keeler.
Circa 1948

downpour at keeler

Engine No. 17 riding down the street at Keeler - the result of a torrential downpour.

keeler station

Keeler Station in 1935

little giant

The "Little Giant" alongside Slim Princess No. 18 at Southern Pacific's Keeler Branch. The "X1" is arriving in October of 1954.

slim princess

SPNG #18 over the Keeler pit.
(Text and Photo courtesy of Dennis Burke)

slim princess
Keeler Station and truss-rod boxcars.

owenyo yards

Railroad yard at Keeler, the southern terminus of the narrow gauge railroad 1940. During the last 20 years of operation, the narrow gauge railcars hauled talc, perlite, dolomite, soda ash, and a few cattle and sheep, but no passengers. The section of track between Laws and Keeler became know as the "Keeler Branch."

keeler station

Carson & Colorado RR at Keeler Station in the Owens Valley.
(Photo courtesy of Dennis Burke)

daton

Adamson airfield just south of Olancha off of state highway 190 by Owens Lake.
Note the soda ash works of Keeler off in the distance.
(Close-up view)
Adamson Airfield
US Army Corps of Engineers History (1999)
Los Angeles District, US Army Corps of Engineers

During World War II, Adamson Airport located in Olancha, California served as an auxiliary landing field for the Civilian Pilot Training/War Training Service Program at Lone Pine Airport where Navy and Army Air Corps cadets received basic ground and flight training. Adamson Airfield was also a designated landing field for Army Air Corps and Navy pilots during Word War II. is not known to have constructed any facilities at Adamson Airport. The airfield was closed in 1950. The site is currently privately owned and commercially developed.

Location: The site of Adamson Airfield is located at the northern boundary of the town of Olancha, Inyo County, California. It is half a mile east of the intersection of state Highways 395 and 190, and 21 miles south of Lone Pine.

Site History: Adamson Airfield was established in the early 1930's on an estimated 100 acres of privately owned land. The airfield was a dirt landing strip. Fuel was pumped by hand from 55-gallon drums. The airfield served the public visiting the area for recreation through the 1930's and 1940s. The airfield was closed in 1950 following a period of infrequent use and the site is now commercially developed. There is no evidence of the former airfield at the site.

Neither the War or Navy Departments are known to have acquired or had controlling interest in the site, and no such record is known to exist. Military use of the airfield occurred during World War II, from March 1942 until July 1943, when Adamson Airfield served as an auxiliary landing field for Army Air Corps and Navy cadets receiving basic ground school and flight training under the Civilian Pilot Training/War Training Service program conducted at Lone Pine Airport, 21 miles to the north. Adamson Airfield was also a designated landing field for Army Air Corps/Army Air Forces and Navy pilots during World War II.

Note: The US Army Corps of Engineers Formerly Used Defense Sites Program lists this site as Olancha Airport.

(Text taken from Military Museum website)

home stretch to keeler
On the home stretch to Keeler.

slim rails

Engine No. 6 making a stop at Keeler

kesarge water tank

Kearsarge Water Tank
open air repair at Keeler Station
Open air engine repair of engines No. 8 & No. 9 at Keeler Station - 1950


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keeler station
Keeler Railroad Yard

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Keeler - The End of the Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge in Owens Valley

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SPNG yard at Keeler, CA

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SPNG yard at Keeler, CA

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SPNG Keeler Depot - circa 1950

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SPNG Keeler Depot - circa 1954

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National Soda Products operation south of Keeler, CA

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National Soda Products operation south of Keeler, CA

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Slim Princess No. 18 in Keeler.

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SPNG yard at Keeler, CA

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SPNG #9 in Keeler, CA

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SPNG Keeler depot and yard.
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SPNG #9 in Keeler, CA

sierra talc company
SPNG Keeler yard - Sierra Talc company and the Saline Valley Salt Tram
terminus off in the distance.
keeler
SPNG at the Sierra Talc company and the Saline Valley Salt Tram terminus.

keeler depot
SPNG Keeler depot, Keeler, CA

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SPNG Keeler depot, Keeler, CA

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SPNG Keeler depot,

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Keeler, CA

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SPNG water tower - Keeler, CA

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Keeler, CA

keeler 1950
Along the SPNG in Keeler, CA - 1950
keeler
This Keeler looking north. The depot would be behind the photographer a couple of blocks. There are 3 locomotives sitting on the service track. One is directly in front of the engine house over the service pit. On the other side of the locomotives are small structures and old rolling stock detrucked and used as work shops and tool houses. The edge of the water tank is on the right. This photo was taken in 1943. In 1946 the engine house burned down. There were only two engine houses located in Owens Valley. This one and one located at Laws in the very early days. Carson & Colorado records state the the Laws engine house was moved to Belleville, NV in the mind 1880's.
(text courtesy of Dennis Burke)

keeler
SPNG #18 at the Keeler depot in Keeler, CA - 1950

keeler
SPNG #9 steaming north out of Keeler

inyo developmet company

The Inyo Development Company had it's own set of tracks just west of the Carson & Colorado tracks between Keeler and the Owens Lake. They actually had two different gauges of track. Three foot gauge and 24 inch gauge.The crane on the flat car was used to drag large buckets of talc that were then loaded onto the ex. Carson & Colorado ore cars that you see behind the locomotive. The locomotive is an ex. Built by Baldwin engine. (Dennis Burke)

Once she had completed her duty on the B&B and purchased by the
Inyo Development Company she was transported to the Virginia & Truckee Carson shops for some rebuilding. She was then transported to Mound House via the standard gauge Virginia & Truckee and set on the Mound House narrow gauge tracks where she was to make her way to Keeler. We do have a photo of her at Dayton Nev. while on her way south. (Dennis Burke)

he locomotive started out on the Eureka & Palisades as number 3. Built by Baldwin in 1874. It was first named for one of the early investors in the railroad, W. S. Prichard. Soon renamed "Tybo" for a nearby mining camp. (Brian Norden)

keeler
SPNG #18 in Keeler
(Photo courtesy Randy Stevenson)


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end of line
Keeler end-of-line switching locomotive.
(Photo and text courtesy Aaron Paz)

end of line
Keeler end-of-line switching locomotive.
(Photo and text courtesy Aaron Paz)

end of line
Keeler end-of-line switching locomotive.
(Photo and text courtesy Aaron Paz)
keeler
Water stop at Keeler
(Photo courtesy of Dennis Burke)

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SPNG #17 on the SPC at Keeler
(Photo courtesy of Dennis Burke)

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SPNG #14 at Keeler
(Photo courtesy of Dennis Burke)

burke

Conductor Brennan's dog will be at this same location when the train return's from Laws. (note dog lower right) We even have some 1957 8mm film footage of Brennan's dog chasing the train as it pulls into Keeler to greet his master.

(Text and Photo courtesy of Dennis Burke)
burke
The "Slim Princess" in Owens Valley at Keeler
(Photo courtesy of Dennis Burke)

engines at keeler

Open air engine repair of engines No. 18, No. 9 & No 8 at Keeler Station - 1950

open air repair at keeler
Open air engine repair of engines No. 8 & No. 9 at Keeler Station
downtown keeler

Downtown Keeler: Once the terminus of a three hundred mile long narrow gauge, could only boast of about 75 residents by the end of WWII - 1940
[Donald Duke Collection]

carson and colorado
Engines No. 18 and No. 9 under steam at Keeler - 1953

under steam
Engines No. 18 and No. 9 under steam at Keeler - 1953

keeler depot
Keeler Depot was constructed in the early 1880s by the C&C RR. Located at mile post 576.5 and at an elevation of 3,610 feet.

keeler depot
Keeler Depot - February 1951

keeler depot
Keeler Depot - 1939

keeler depot
Keeler Depot - 1954

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c&c
c&c

c&c
Southern Pacific preparing to leave Keeler Depot - 1949

c&c
Conductor Jim Brennan (in doorway) loading ice aboard combine-caboose.
c&c
Narrow Gauge Express 18 departs Keeler Depot

c&c
Narrow Gauge Express 18 departs Keeler Depot

c&c
Keeler Station - 1946 view looking south

c&c
Keeler still had three-way stub switches and a few harp switchstands after WWII. When the "Esmeralda" car body was sold, baggage car 12 was placed on a short length of track and was used by crews. - 1940

leaving Keeler Station
Engine No. 9 steaming out of Keeler.

keeler depot
Keeler Depot

keeler water tank
Conductor Jim Brennan stands on the platform of 401 with his dog while the fireman fills the tank of Engine No. 18.

keeler water tank

Keeler Depot
keeler
Engine No. 9 takes on water at the Keeler water tank.

keeler

Ten wheeler No. 9 eases past Keeler.

keeler

NG 9 4-6-0 on Railroad Avenue in Keeler, CA

slim princess

Engine No. 18 on a run from Keeler to Owenyo - July 1946

keeler

Keeler, CA 1918 - after a flash flood. Note the tram towers off in the distance heading towards Cerro Gordo.

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keeler
SPNG #14 at Keeler
(Photo courtesy of Dennis Burke).

 

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Ray,

I was at your website about the Carson & Colorado Railroad. It is very informative. I am doing some research about Keeler. My grandmother was from there and her father owned the meat market, Diaz and Son.

This is my great-grandpa's meat market! This is it! I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful these photos are and what they mean to me. This where my Nana and her sisters lived. I've never seen a photo of the meat market. All of a sudden all those stories she used to tell my cousin and I finally have a real place and picture. It's like suddenly being able to attach the voices to the movie. Thank you! This helps my Mom and I place the location of the meat market to downtown Keeler. So, the train being in the photo actually is great. We're hoping to make a trip there sometime in October.

Right now, I'm working on getting my great-uncle Abraham Diaz, Jr.'s service records from WWI and tracing the Diaz family all the way back to when they came to California from Chile during the gold rush. I had no idea what I was getting into when I started, but now I know I can't quit until I have the whole story.

Christine Putnam, August 2003
Burbank, CA

diaz store

diaz store


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Charles M. Vance - Railroad agent at Keeler for many hears.

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SPNG #9 at Keeler, CA
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SPNG #18 over the maintenance pit at Keeler, CA - 1953

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SPNG #9 at Keeler, CA - 1959



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Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge Engine #18 leaving Keeler, CA

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SPNG #18 at near Keeler, CA - 1947

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SPNG Engine #18 takes on water at Keeler, CA
(Courtesy of eBay)

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SPNG Engine #17 at Keeler, CA
(Courtesy of eBay)

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SPNG Engine #18 near Keeler, CA
(Courtesy of eBay)
keeler
Gon #311 at Keeleer - February 21, 1954.
This is the loading ramp at the beginning of the wye in Keeler. It was built by the SP for the Darwin Consolidated Mines and used by other companies as well [Dennis Burke]
(Photo courtesy of Mark Van Klaveren)

keeler depot
Keeler SPNG Depot
(Photo courtesy of Dennis Burke)


keeleer

Looking north from Keeler - June 19, 1949
(Photo courtesy of Mark Van Klaveren)

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Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge 3-Way Switch at Keeler, CA - 1942
(Courtesy of eBay)

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number 8
Southern Pacific Lines narrow-gauge "Ten Wheeler" number 8. The trim oil-burning 4-6-0 was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works, construction number 31445, in August of 1907, and originally saw service on the Nevada-California-Oregon Railway as their second number 8. In 1929 she was sold to the Southern Pacific, and was transferred to the legendary Keeler Branch, formerly the Carson & Colorado. For the next quarter-century she hauled freight and passengers on the isolated line, until she was replaced by a diesel-electric and retired in 1955. Number 8 was donated to the state of Nevada for display, and is currently exhibited at Lillard Park in Sparks, Nevada. Number 8 was photographed at Keeler, California on May 20, 1940.

(Photo and text courtesy of Mark Van Klaveren)


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