BARTLETT SPRINGS

LAKE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

 

 

Bottling Plant before it burned
Bartlett Springs

Photo taken 10/18/06

Bottling Plant after it burned
Bartlett Springs
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Photo taken 9/18/07

Gazebo, Hotel and Pool before it burned
Bartlett Springs
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Photo taken 11/01/06

Gazebo, Hotel and Pool after it burned
Bartlett Springs
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Photo taken 9/18/07

 

Bartlett Springs
Everett Swesey
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Photo taken 11/01/06

Bartlett Springs
Linda Swesey and brother Rick Boyd
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Photo taken 9/18/07

Time Line of Bartlett Springs

1870   -Bartlett Springs acquired by Green Bartlett and Mr. L. Thorpe who built a few crude cabins as the beginning of a new resort.

1873  -Bartlett Springs expands to a 2-story hotel and about 40 cabins.

1877  -Bartlett Springs slowly bought out by McMahon family.

1894    -Bartlett Springs listed as first-class resort with 5 hotels, 350 cabins, and other buildings serving 5,000 guests at once (Queen Marie of Rumania was a guest).

1934 -Bartlett Springs burns, never to reopen as a resort.

1985(86) -Vittel mineral water company of France opens bottling plant in Nice to bottle Bartlett Springs water, and to begin restoration of the resort.

2007- September 14th - Barlett Springs Arson fire, set by local marijuana farmers in rebellion of local raids on their farms! 8 fires were set during August to December. I  hope they catch and jail these people for a long long time!

2008 - May 13th - Record Bee reported arrest in arson fires at Bartlett Springs <<read article click here

INDIAN VALLEY RESERVOIR

Hidden Valley Lake just north of Clearlake Oaks, pretty full
Picture taken 11/1/06.. Rich DeWolfe pictured

Hidden Valley Lake just north of Clearlake Oaks, empty
Picture taken 9/18/07.

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http://www.clearlakevacationsonline.com/barlett_springs/index.html

 

BORAX LAKE

LAKE COUNTY, CA
A little history lesson on Borax Lake


Photo by Jack Barker

Personally, I have never seen Borax Lake look so beautiful! This photographer did a great job!


Lindsay's Murals <<click here to visit the website


What is Borax?
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-borax.htm

History of Lake County
http://www.orgsites.com/ca/johnwaynepizzapubclub/_pgg8.php3

 

No one has come up with the true history of this little mural. Tucked away at the entrance to a downtown alley by the Mount Whitney Hotel, the Borax Mural was probably an advertisement in the first place. It was repainted in the early Ď90s.

Background information: by Curtis Easton
References: Columbia Encyclopedia, Lost Bonanzas- H. H. Brago.

Borax is a compound of sodium, boron and oxygen with crystalline salt. In its pure form itís colorless or white and is used as a cleaning agent, mild antiseptic, and water softener.

Borax can be found in California, Oregan and Nevada. California is the chief source.
Borax was first found in California in 1856 at Borax Lake in Lake County. It was found by Dr. J. A. Veatch. He began operations in 1864.

Dennis Searles, Aaron Winters and Isadore Daunet were the first men to find borax in Death Valley in 1875. Winters sold his share for $20,000 to the Pacific Coast Borax Co. Daunet claimed old claims, then sold to Eagle Borax Works. Searles and his brothers looked for gold, but found borax, which became white gold. From 1900 to 1940 the Borax Company went to towns and had murals painted as advertisements.