Death Valley Conference journal articles

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Randy Hees
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Death Valley Conference journal articles

Post by Randy Hees » Tue Apr 09, 2013 5:40 pm

Death Valley Conference on History and Pre-history publishes a journal with the papers presented at each conference... The articles represent wonderful scholarship (footnotes included!) of both Death Valley and the American desert (articles on subjects from as far away as New Mexico are included). The majority I have listed are by Gordon Chappell... the National Park Service "railroad" historian...

Recently the articles have been posted as PDF’s by Danny Ray Thomas, (Musician, Death Valley "guy") at his personal site http://www.dannyraythomas.com/dv_histor ... apers.html. Here is a list of articles I found interesting, with a direct link to each, most on railroads, but a couple on wagon and freight, and at least one on life in a camp…

So, Randy's articles of interest for Railroad and Transportation ...

Death Valley By Rail, A Brief History of the Death Valley Railroad http://www.dannyraythomas.com/bookIII/t ... _rail.html, by Gordon Chappell, presented at the 3rd Death Valley Conference on History and Prehistory, 1992
Teel’s Marsh, Birth Place of a Legend, by Cynthia Woo, presented at the 4th Death Valley Conference on History and Prehistory, 1995 (Teel Marsh was the first Borax operation owned by Borax Smith)

First Ryan, A Borate Mining Camp of the Amargosahttp://www.dannyraythomas.com/bookIV/te ... egend.html, by Gordon Chappell, presented at the 4th Death Valley Conference on History and Prehistory, 1995 (1st Ryan was served by the T&T, and later by the narrow gauge DVRR)

The Mining Camp of Borate and the Borate & Daggett Railroad, 1890-1907, http://www.dannyraythomas.com/bookIV/th ... _ryan.htmlby Gordon Chappell, presented at the 5th Death Valley Conference on History and Prehistory, March 1999

Nadeau’s freighting Teams in the Mojavehttp://www.dannyraythomas.com/bookV/nad ... ojave.html, by Remi Nadeau, presented at the 5th Death Valley Conference on History and Prehistory, March 1999

A Day in the Life of the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroadhttp://www.dannyraythomas.com/bookV/a_d ... lroad.html, by David Sprau, presented at the 5th Death Valley Conference on History and Prehistory, March 1999

The Baby Gauge Railroad, Pacific Coast Borax Company’s 2 foot gauge railroad from Ryan to Widow Mine http://www.dannyraythomas.com/bookVI/th ... lroad.html, by Gordon Chappell, presented at the 6th Death Valley Conference on History and Prehistory

History, Symbolism and Mythology of the Twenty Mule Team Wagonshttp://www.dannyraythomas.com/bookVI/hi ... agons.html, by Emily Donald and Glenn Simpson, presented at the 6th Death Valley Conference on History and Prehistory

The Carson & Colorado Railroad and its relationship with Death Valley 1880-1905http://www.dannyraythomas.com/bookVII/t ... lroad.html, by Gordon Chappell, presented at the 7th Death Valley Conference on History and Prehistory

The Legacy of the Death Valley Railroad, The United States Potash Company Railroad in New Mexicohttp://www.dannyraythomas.com/bookVIII/ ... lroad.html, by Gordon Chappell, presented at the 8th Death Valley Conference on History and Prehistory, 2008
Randy Hees

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Ron Grau
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Re: Death Valley Conference journal articles

Post by Ron Grau » Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:23 am

Randy's comments regarding the desert railroad articles in the Proceedings
of the Death Valley History Conference, is right on! A suggestion would be
to take it one, or two steps further. Buy the actual booklet and/or attend the
Conference. Many of the presentations have a title that sounds not railroad
related, but contains a wealth of information as a spill-over effect. In addition,
this is a great way to expand our broader knowledge of the people, places,
culture, history, etc., that surrounds the actual railroads. I have the entire set
of proceedings, and have attended several conferences; and am glad that we
invested the money and time.

Ron Grau

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