Searles Valley Historical Society
Work on the Lake in the Early 1900s

In the early days (from first production until the late 1960s/early 1970s), all mining and brine production of the upper and lower salt was done by extending well fields into new, untapped area.  As shown in the pictures, Searles is a dry lake but could get pretty wet at times.

Taking the temperature of the brine
Taking the temperature of the brine.
1915 Ford Drill Rig
1915 Ford drill rig

Drill Rig 19487
Drill rig 19487
Workers On The Lake
Workers on the lake
Searles Lake After A Large Rain
Searles Lake after a large rain
Horse-drawn Drill Rig
Horse-drawn drill rig
1914 Model-T On The Dry Lake
1914 Model-T on the dry lake

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Searles Valley Historical Society
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This web site was assembled and is maintained by Jim Fairchild. Current as of 11/29/2007