Shoshone, California: Dublin Gulch: Miners' Cave Homes

By necessity, miners dug out rooms for living in desert mud cliffs in the early 1900s. A dozen caves still viewable; last hippies left in the 1970s.

Dublin Gulch

Hwy 127, Shoshone, CA
Southwest of Pahrump, NV in Death Valley. South of Shoshone on west side before the airport. Ungated, unpaved road behind state maintenance facility. Cemetery at the mouth of the gulch.
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Dublin Gulch: Miners' Cave Homes

The road to the caves is extra rugged, and there is only a tiny sign indicating it is a historical site. (We drove it in a small station wagon.) The caves that used to be homes all have locked doors, but there are gaps and windows for peeking. Some could only be described as cubbyholes. There are many piles of antique tin cans (trash), a rusted-out ice box, rusted mattress springs, and a two-hole outhouse.

Nearby graves had markers that are mostly too old to read, mingled with some buried from the 1940s to the '70s.

We visited in December, but it was not hard to imagine how hot this area must be in the summer.

[Pjamz5, 12/24/2018]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Crossroads of the PlanetCrossroads of the Planet, Shoshone, CA - < 1 mi.
Castle in ClayCastle in Clay, Shoshone, CA - < 1 mi.
Cathedral CanyonCathedral Canyon, Pahrump, NV - 24 mi.
In the region:
Big Bovine of the Desert, Amargosa, NV - 31 mi.

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