#796:  Farley's Olancha Mill Site

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State Hwy 395 (P.M. 34.1), at Fall Rd, 0.6 mi S of Olancha





State Plaque



From the plaque:

M.H. Farley, working for the Silver Mountain Mining Company in the Coso Mountains, conceived the idea in 1860 of building a processing mill on a creek that flowed into Owens Lake. He explored and named Olancha Pass that year, and completed the first mill and furnace in the Owens River Valley by December of 1862. It was located on Olancha Creek about one mile west of this marker.

Plaque placed by the California State Park Commission in cooperation with the Southern Inyo Chamber of Commerce, January 30, 1965.

©2009 David Schmitt