The T&T Chronology

Dates and Events of the T&T and the Area

Including the Bullfrog Goldfield RR and the Death Valley RR

Pre-1901 - 1901-10 - 1911-1920 - 1921-1930 - 1931-1946

1921 - 1930
Back
 
 01/14/1921

Head-on collision between the daily mixed train and a work extra near Dumont.
 

DTS
 Spring 1921    

L.L. and his renamed talc company, Pacific Minerals & Chemical Co., go under due to financial overextension. Worked by a succession of leases and owners, the property ended up in the hands of Western Talc Co. in 1928. Final production figures are listed as some 300,000 tons of talc.
 

REL
 1921

Poors Manual of Railroads reports that the DVRR carried 107,807 tons of revenue freight with earnings of only $110,313.00 while the Tonopah & Tidewater carried 99,360 tons but earned $522,375.00.          found by Michael Lumert
 

 Jan. 1922

J. Sheridan accidently discovers a rich colemanite deposit 2 miles northeast of Shoshone. C. Rasor, P.C.B.'s Field Engineer, buys the claim for $50,000. He, not P.C.B., opens the mine.
 

REL
 1923-4

After a dismal description published by Zane Grey, the P.C.B. builds a housing complex at D.V. Junction designed by A lexander H. McCulloh. This modern building has living quarters, gymnasium, pool, several shops and a movie theatre. It is air-cooled and all under one roof, at a cost of $300,000!
 

REL
 1924

Naming the new mine Gerstley after one of the P.C.B.'s directors, Rasor builds a second "Baby Gauge". This time the little railroad is 2' gauge and about 3 miles long, running between the T&T's Gerstley siding and the mine works. Ore starts shipping this same year.
 

REL
 1925

Brock has convinced five (or more) companies of the value of the 'Death Valley Clay' and mining begins in earnest. General Petrolium begins with a crew of 20 and ships 400 tons a month. By summer there were 50 men and production had risen to 1,200 tons. All of it hauled to the Bradford Siding of the T&T.
 

REL
 03/26/1926

The T&T runs its longest excursion train, the "Julian Special". This Double Header with fifteen varnish rolls through Silver Lake at 1:15 AM. The town turns out to watch the 'nobs' heading for the new mining promotion of Leadfield (near Rhyolite).
 

DTS
 1926

The Lila C. shuts down again. The 3' tracks remain for a time until they are re-used at Boron.
 

REL
 Aug. 1926

C. Rasor finds bonanza ore deposits on the company's lands (Boron) in the Kramer District. Borates were known there since 1913, but were not in profitable quantities as first located. The new mine is named Baker.
 

REL
 02/16/1927

The new Brill Gas-Electric Railcar begins service on the DVRR.
[#5 is now in the Laws Railroad Museum near Bishop, CA. - Ed.]
 

HCT
 1927

The ash Meadows clay works are now mechanized with gasoline shovels and a 3' gauge railroad to haul the clay. Production increases dramatically.
 

REL
 1927

The five 'claimants', under the Pittman Bill of 1919, now had President Calvin Cooledge's signature on the deeds that "patented" the lands known as the T&T Ranch. The Leeland Water & Land Company is then formed and the land rights are transferred to P.C.B.
 

RDM
 1927

The American Carrara Marble Co. re-opens and the T&T builds a 3/4 mile spur to Carrara. The material for this effort comes from the abandoned spur between Morrison and Acme.
 

DFM
 Oct. 1927

After two decades of mining in and around Death Valley and some $30,000,000 in Borates, the profitability of these mines is being challenged by American Potash & Chemical Co.'s lower prices. P.C.B. shuts down the operations in favor of the new discovery at Boron, CA. where they can compete in price. Rasor's colemanite mine at Gerstley also closes.
The Gerstley mine is worked just enough to supply some borate of a different composition to the pottery industry. This variation produced a top quality glaze. Gerstley is sealed in 2002 along with the Lila C.
 

REL
 01/07/1928

The Bullfrog Goldfield runs its last train.
 

DFM
 1928

Boggs convinces Borax Consolidated (P.C.B.) to remodel the D.V. Junction plant to handle the processing of the clay. A third rail is laid on the T&T to permit the DVRR's equipment to operate between the pits and the processing plant. Up to 5,000 tons of clay are being processed each month, with a delivered value of around $200,000.
 

REL
 05/06/1928

A typical tour to Death Valley costs $47.50, exclusive of Pullman charges. It includs Transportation via, U.P, T&T and DVRR. Meals (two at D.V.Junction) and automobile touring of Death Valley itself. Accomodations are at the Death Valley View Hotel in Ryan. (Letter by J. Newsome) The Death Valley Hotel Co. publishes a rate of $53.25 for a three day, two night stay for the 1928-9 season. One night is spent at Ryan and one is at the Furnace Creek Inn. A Lower Berth was $7.50, an 'Upper' was $6.00 and a Drawing Room was $27.00, all R.T..
 

HCT
 08/05/1929

Washed out track derails a mixed train near Soda, CA., resulting in the deaths of two employees.
 

DTS
 02/21/1930

The last trains run on the DVRR. The entire railroad is packed up and moved to the U.S. Potash operations at Carlsbad, NM.
 

HCT
 
DAW -- DFM -- DTS -- HCT -- RDM -- REL

 

Pre-1901 - 1901-10 - 1911-1920 - 1921-1930 - 1931-1946

 

TiesBack UpTiesTTRR Text IndexTiesTTRR ContentsTiesMoreTies
01/17/2008