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48. Spring (no name), Inyo County (G-3).—This spring is in a pass at the north end of the Argus Mountains, on the road from Argus by way of Junction to Ballarat. As it has been used for years, It is plainly marked by the debris of camps. A road turns northward here toward Darwin and to Modoc. The water is good. 49. Confidence Springs, Inyo County (G-6).—These springs are about 7 miles north of the ruins of the old Confidence gold mill in the Amargosa Range, near what is called the Narrows, in South Death Valley. The old mill is about 20 miles northwest of Saratoga Springs. It was operated by the Mormons more than twenty-five years ago on silver ores taken from a mine in the mountains 7 miles north of the mill. Its situation is marked by the ruins of adobe houses that can be seen for 5 or 6 miles. These houses are on the north side of the valley, by the old wagon road. In 1903 there remained also some old feeding troughs and the wreck of the stables. There is a shaft near the ruins of the stables that is about 100 feet deep, but it contains only a heavy brine. A trail leads from the mill northward into the mountains for 3 miles and then branches, one branch leading to the right, or east, across to the mines, where there is no water, the other to the left, or West, to the springs. This trail is obscure and the springs are small and not easily found. The water was at one time piped to the old mill and remnants of this pipe aid in finding the trail. Between the springs and Bennet's Wells, a distance of more than 30 miles to the northwest, there are no other springs known near the road, so that the long trip from Saratoga Springs into the sink of Death Valley by this route is dangerous. (See Coleman Springs, No. 33.) 50. Hot Springs, Inyo County (G-7).—There are two hot springs on the eastern edge of Resting Springs Dry Lake, about 3 miles southeast of Zabriskie. These springs yield about 200 gallons per minute of water which contains, according to qualitative determinations, sulphates of soda and magnesia, some borax, and some niter. In the fall of 1908 there was an old tent at the springs, which are occasionally used for bathing purposes. The temperature of the water is about 107° F. They are about one-half mile northeast of the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad, and a ditch and pipe leads part of the water to a watering tank beside the track. 51. Resting Springs, Inyo County (G-7).—Resting Springs, elevation 1,750 feet, are a well-known stopping place for all who travel in the northern part of the desert. Philander Lee has made his home here, for thirty years, and his ranch of 200 acres, with shade trees, fruits, garden, and alfalfa fields, is a veritable oasis. These springs, the China ranch, and Coleman are the only places in the Death Valley region where hay can be procured. The ranch and springs are at

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