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Name: Cottonwood Charcoal Kiln
Site Number: #537
Date Visited: 11/15/2014
Other Designation: None
Plaque Status: Private Plaque
Location: US 395, California
Coordinates36.4180045,-118.0288898
Website: N/A

Description: In June 1873, on Cottonwood Creek directly west of this spot, Colonel Sherman Stevens built a sawmill and a flume that connected with the Los Angeles bullion road. The lumber was used for timbering in the mine and for buildings – the wood turned into charcoal in the kilns was hauled to Steven’s Wharf on Owens Lake, where it was put on the steamer The Bessie Brady, and hauled across the lake. From there wagons took it up to Cerro Gordo Mine. Since all the wood available around the Cerro Gordo had been burned, this charcoal was necessary to continue production.