Scheelite, California

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Scheelite
Unincorporated community
Scheelite is located in California
Scheelite
Scheelite
Location in California
Coordinates: 37°22′41″N 118°40′36″W / 37.37806°N 118.67667°W / 37.37806; -118.67667Coordinates: 37°22′41″N 118°40′36″W / 37.37806°N 118.67667°W / 37.37806; -118.67667
Country United States
State California
County Inyo County
Abandoned 1970
Named for Scheelite
Elevation[1] 6,929 ft (2,112 m)

Scheelite was an unincorporated community in Inyo County, California.[1] It was located 3 miles (4.8 km) north-northwest of Mount Tom,[2] at an elevation of 6,929 feet (2,112 m).[1] Scheelite, a tungsten ore, was mined in the neighborhood.[2]

History[edit]

The hamlet was inhabited by families of employees of Union Carbide Corporation's Pine Creek tungsten mining and milling operations. During the winter of 1969–70, several houses were damaged by heavy snow loads. At that point, Scheelite was abandoned as most families moved to Bishop. The houses at Scheelite were later demolished.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Scheelite, California
  2. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 1200. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.