Photos by Steve Knight. Captions by Tom Fee and Don Buck.
Third time is the charm? We did it!
Members of the California-Nevada Chapter of OCTA, BLM Archaeologist Dave Valentine, and archaeology graduate students conducted an archaeological survey of the area around Black Rock Springs. Our task was to record trail features, prehistoric artifacts, and ranching remains at Black Rock Springs on the Applegate Trail.
We rendezvoused at Gerlach Friday afternoon, June 23, and due to a still wet playa, took the roundabout way to reach Black Rock Springs, by way of Mud Meadow Reservoir and Double Hot Springs. On Saturday, June 24, we systematically walked the area looking for artifacts and then flagged them. Late afternoon Saturday we had a happy hour featuring, courtesy of John Winner, El Dorado County’s fine wines. That was followed by a great potluck, featuring Dave Valentine’s Dutch-oven meatloaf.
On Sunday, June 25 we systematically recorded the artifacts and pulled the flags. The weather was beautiful, although very hot, reaching near record highs. Despite the heat, we had a wonderful time! With the playa drying out enough over the weekend, we were able to drive across the playa to Gerlach on Sunday afternoon.
A few members stopped off after crossing the playa to assist Dave Valentine in locating and mapping the old Humboldt Wagon Road leading out of the Granite Creek Station site.
Chapter members participating were: Jim Allison, Bob Black, Dick Brock, Don Buck, Linda Corwin, Chuck Dodd, Harold Drake, Joyce Everett, Tom Fee, Terry Hardwicke, Steve & Patty Knight, Rod Latimer, Dee “Mac” McKenzie, Bob McKenzie, Alison Portello, John Schwede, John Winner, and Herman Zittel.