| Candelaria was named in 1865 and at one
time had a post office, 2 hotels, 11 saloons, livery stables, a schoolhouse, 2 newspapers,
and other businesses, but no church. It's silver veins produced over $33,000,000. In 1885
the Carson & Colorado railroad was extended to Candelaria. This was
a dry town, with water having to be hauled in on burros from a spring 9 miles away at a
cost of a $1 a gallon for the first 17 years of the towns existence. Over in the
rival town of Bodie, a newspaper "expressed wonder that the lack of water should
disturb Candelaria--it being charged that not more than a dozen citizens of the Nevada
camp ever used the commodity, either for personal ablution or as a beverage".
It was in Candelaria that Christian B. Zabriskie met "Borax" Smith before he started his successful borax business, next time your in Death Valley, check out Zabriskie Point.
Let's explore Candelaria
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