Keeler, CA


 Top woodcut image courtesy & copyright of Judy Gale Roberts

Crude Soda at Inyo Development Company, Keeler circa 1912
[Forbes photo, Lippencott Collection - FID4]

Top & bottom photographs courtesy of the Joseph Barlow Lippincott Papers, LIPP, The Water Resources Center Archives, University of California, Berkeley.)

Furnace & Mill at Inyo Development Company, Keeler circa 1912
[Forbes photo, Lippencott Collection - FID4 2]

Jeanne Pitts of Sweet Home, Oregon writes:

Your web pages are wonderful and very informative. We lived in Keeler, CA in 1947-1948 where my mother taught school at a two-room schoolhouse and my father worked at a soda ash plant. We lived in a housing project owned by the company. The buildings were long multi-family dwellings. I have a few pictures from that time and I'm sure my memory is faulty as I was only about 5 years old. Thanks for all your time and effort in compiling these great web pages.

May 2004

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Keeler Hotel circa 1925
Picture from "From this Mountain - Cerro Gordo"
by Robert C. Likes and Glenn R. Day (1975)]

keeler smelter
Cerro Gordo smelter vat ruins located at the town of Keeler.
[Russ Leadabrand photo]

For More Keeler pictures see my pages on the Carson & Colorado RR

The following images and text were taken from the April 1989 issue of "The Album" furnished to me courtesy of Rich McCutchan.

Keeler crouches on the eastern shore of Owens Lake, with the brooding Inyo Range as a backdrop, before water disappeared from the lake.
[photo: Eastern California Museum collection]

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Locally built Keeler pool, August 9, 1929. People gathered from miles around to admire the area's bathing beauties.
[photo: Eastern California Museum collection]

Hotel Keeler
Until it burned to the ground, Hotel Keeler, operated by Mr. and Mrs. George Mates, provided for travelers at the southern terminus of the former Carson and Colorado Railroad, as well as those in the stage coaches bound for Mojave or nearby mining towns.
[photo: Eastern California Museum collection]

Irving Wooden
Keeler"Doc" Irving Wooden only medical doctor in many hundreds of miles in Inyo County. Lillian Hilderman was his nurse in Independence before she married Mr. Hilderman.
[photo: Eastern California Museum collection]

steam locomotive
Steam locomotive pauses while crew thinks about thawing out in Keeler's Desert Club. Snow and icicles were not uncommon in this winter of 1933.
[photo: Eastern California Museum collection]

Lillian Larson Hilderman's Keeler [pdf]
by Henry Raub

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House owned by the Cerro Gordo Mine, May 1929. The old fashioned "public convenience outhouse" appears just behind the building on the left.

Paul Cederburg of Yreka, California shared that he was born in this house.
[photo: Eastern California Museum collection]

Photo Cards courtesy of Rich McCutchan

Keeler in 1912

Keeler in 1930

Keeler Carson & Colorado RR Depot in 1969.

Keeler, CA. (date unknown)

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Keeler Carson & Colorado RR Depot in 2005.

(Photo courtesy of Ashley Olive: Ashley's Flickr Photostream)
(Photo courtesy of Ashley Olive)
(Photo courtesy of Ashley Olive)


Gilbert Marquez of Victorville, CA writes:


I was born in NSP (National Soda Products) in 1927. This town was built by the Soda company for the workers and their families. The town was built on the edge of the Owens dry lake's eastern side. My father worked thee from 1923 until 1937 when we left for Los Angeles. My older brother, my sister, and I attended school in Keeler. I have a group photo taken in 1934.

Gilbert Marquez
September 2009

Class of 1934
Keeler class of 1934.

Back Row (L to R): ?,?,?,?,?,?,?,?,?,?,?
Middle Row (L to R): ?,Kenneth Lee Sainz,?,?,?,?,?,?,Gilbert Marquez,?,?,Raymond Marquez
Front Row (L to R): ?,?,?,Josephine Marquez,?,?,?,?,?,?

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Gilbert Marquez in front of the Keeler school (house owned by the Cerro Gordo Mine) in 1959.

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Keeler Sierra Talc Company loading station in 1959.
(photo courtesy of Gilbert Marquez)

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Keeler Carson and Colorado Train Depot in 1959.
(photo courtesy of Gilbert Marquez)

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Keeler National Soda Products operation in 1959.
(photo courtesy of Gilbert Marquez)


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To the Top of Mt. Whitney  

 The Wonacott Family  
Keeler NSP and the Olds Family



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This page was last updated on 28 November 2013