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Skidoo
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. Historic District
Location: Death Valley National Monument, Wildrose District, Death Valley, California
Built/Founded: 1906
Architectural style(s): No Style Listed
Governing body: National Park Service
Added to NRHP: April 16, 1974[1]
NRHP Reference#: 74000349
Skidoo
—  Unincorporated community  —
Skidoo is located in California
Skidoo
Location in California
Coordinates: 36°26′08″N 117°08′51″W / 36.43556°N 117.1475°W / 36.43556; -117.1475Coordinates: 36°26′08″N 117°08′51″W / 36.43556°N 117.1475°W / 36.43556; -117.1475
Country United States
State California
County Inyo County
Elevation [2] 5,689 ft (1,734 m)

Skidoo (formerly, Hoveck)[3] is an unincorporated community in Inyo County, California.[2] It lies at an elevation of 5689 feet (1734 m).[2] Skidoo is a virtual ghost town located in Death Valley National Park.

Skidoo was famous in the first decade of the 20th century when gold had been found in the area. Within a few years the town had been abandoned, however, and now no standing structures remain. Skidoo's desert location is sometimes still visited by ghost town aficionados.

Skidoo is representative of the boom towns that flourished in Death Valley during the early 20th century. The town’s livelihood depended primarily on the output of the Skidoo Mine, a venture operating between 1906 and 1917. During those years the mine produced about 75,000 ounces of gold, worth at the time more than $1.5 million. Two unique items are associated with Skidoo’s mining heyday. First the town possessed the only milling plant in the desert operated almost completely by water power. Second, the construction of the water pipeline was a phenomenal engineering feat; its scar can still be seen between its origin near Telescope Peak and the mill site.

The fifteen-stamp amalgamation and cyanide mill built by the Skidoo Mines Company is a rare surviving example of an early 20th c. gravity-feed system for separating gold from its ore.[4]

The name Skidoo comes from the expression 23 skidoo, a slang expression of the time, for which various origins have been suggested.

The Hoveck post office opened in 1906, changed its name to Skidoo in 1907, and closed in 1917.[3] The name Hoveck honored Matt Hoveck, manager of the Skidoo Mine.[3]

References

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. http://www.nr.nps.gov/.  
  2. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Skidoo, California
  3. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 1203. ISBN 9781884995149.  
  4. ^ "Skidoo Quartz Stamp Mill". List of Classified Structures. National Park Service. 2008-11-17. http://www.hscl.cr.nps.gov/insidenps/report.asp?STATE=CA&PARK=DEVA&STRUCTURE=&SORT=&RECORDNO=38.  

See also

List of ghost towns in California

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