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60. Searles post-office, San Bernardino County (H-3).—Searles post-office, locally known as Gardners station, is a well-known stage station 18 miles north of Johannesburg, on the road to Ballarat. Water is piped to it from springs about 5 miles southwest, and is sold to travelers. The water is of excellent quality, but the supply is meager. In addition to the post-office and stage station there are, at this point, a store, a telephone station, and a corral. 61. Salt Well, San Bernardino County (H-3).—This is a well sunk by the stage company on the road from Johannesburg to Ballarat at an elevation of 2,200 feet. On reaching the divide north of Searles post-office the traveler will see, at the foot of the grade, a dry lake covered with a white crust of borax. The well is about half a mile south of this lake, on the west side of the road. Its position is indicated by a new adobe building and by the ruins of an old adobe building and a stamp mill. The water is brackish but drinkable, and the well is supplied with a good iron pump. In Death Valley there is another " salt well," No. 31, in which the water is stronger than at this one near Searles. 62. Quail Springs, San Bernardino County (H-3).—These small springs are in the broken country about 8 miles east of Searles post-office. They are distant from all roads and trails and are used only by prospectors who are thoroughly familiar with the region. Other unimportant springs of the same name (No. 67) lie in the Quail Mountains, about 35 miles to the east; while at the north base of San Bernardino Mountains there is a third group of the same name (No. 210). 63. Borax works at Searles Lake, San Bernardino County (H-4).— Water can be obtained at the stage station at the old borax works on Searles Borax Lake, on the stage road from Randsburg to Ballarat. Water is piped to the station from springs several miles away, in the Argus Range. 64. Slate Range gold mine, San Bernardino County (H-4).—This mine is on the west side of the Slate Mountains and on the east side of Searles Borax Lake. Where the stage road from Johannesburg to Ballarat reaches the southwest corner of Searles Lake a well-traveled road turns eastward across the lake. This road is cut deep into the borax crusts and leads directly to the mine, whose buildings can be seen from a distance of several miles. The mining company has a number of wells that supply the camp and mill, and the miners at the camp can direct travelers to other springs in the mountains farther north. Near the east side of the dry lake a dim road turns southward up a canyon at the foot of the range. It branches southward to Granite Wells (No. 96) and eastward to Leach's Spring (No. 69).

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