Contents

Through research, articles and photographs, historical and current events are presented about the area in and around the private mining town of Ryan Camp in Death Valley.

Included are other historic properties such as Death Valley Junction and three nonprofit conservancies, Death Valley Conservancy, Death Valley Natural History Association and Amargosa Opera House Inc. that either own, manage or watch over historic properties or land and activities in this area of the desert.

Also reviewed is the effect that Rio Tinto, an Australian-British multinational and one of the world’s largest metals and mining corporations, has upon nonprofit conservancies and a national park.


Introduction

Chapter 1 – The early days of Borax and Ryan through 1931.

Chapter 2 – 1931 through 2007 activities in and around Ryan.

Chapter 3 – Rio Tinto to donate Ryan Camp to the National Park Service.

Chapter 4 – Rio Tinto retains Ryan Camp as conservancy looks to acquire public land.

Chapter 5 – Ryan Camp finds a new owner as the Rio Tinto CEO suddenly resigns.

Chapter 6 – Costs for Ryan Camp increase as floods devastate Scotty’s Castle.

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Chapter 9 –

Epilogue

Timeline of Current and Historical Events

Project Updates

Reference Documents and Articles

Photo Gallery

Map Gallery


Chapter Time Sequences with Publish and Edit Dates

Introduction (Published Oct. 31, 2012. Updated Feb. 18, 2018)
Chapter 1 – 1864 through 1931 (Published Dec. 2, 2012)
Chapter 2 – 1931 through 2007 (Published Feb. 2, 2013. Updated Feb. 11, 2018)
Chapter 3 – 2007 through 2010 (Published Oct. 30, 2014. Updated Feb. 18, 2018)
Chapter 4 – 2010 through 2012 (Published March 1, 2018)
Chapter 5 – 2013 through 2014 (Published March 14, 2018)
Chapter 6 – 2015 through 2016 (Published March 22, 2018)
Chapter 7 2017 through 2018 (In development)
Timeline of Current and Historical Events (Published March 13, 2013. Continually updated)
Project Updates (Published Nov. 1, 2014. Occasional updates)
Reference Documents and Articles (Published March 24, 2013. Continually updated)
Photo Gallery (Published Nov. 18, 2012. Updated March 4, 2018)
Map Gallery (Published Dec. 5, 2012. Updated Feb. 21, 2018)

Baby Gauge ore arriving from the widow Mine at Portal of Upper Biddy Tunnel - Courtesy National Park Service, Death Valley National Park

Baby Gauge ore arriving from the widow Mine at Portal of Upper Biddy Tunnel – Courtesy National Park Service, Death Valley National Park

Death Valley Junction Borax Plant and RR Bunkers - Courtesy National Park Service, Death Valley National Park

Death Valley Junction Borax Plant and Railroad Bunker 1920 – Courtesy National Park Service, Death Valley National Park