Ryan House and Lost Horse Well

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Ryan House and Lost Horse Well
Ryan Ranch House ruin.jpg
Ryan House and Lost Horse Well is located in California
Ryan House and Lost Horse Well
Ryan House and Lost Horse Well is located in the US
Ryan House and Lost Horse Well
Nearest city Twentynine Palms, California
Coordinates 33°59′6″N 116°8′52″W / 33.98500°N 116.14778°W / 33.98500; -116.14778Coordinates: 33°59′6″N 116°8′52″W / 33.98500°N 116.14778°W / 33.98500; -116.14778
Built 1890
NRHP Reference # 75000175
Added to NRHP June 5, 1975[1]

The Ryan House and Lost Horse Well are historic ruins in Joshua Tree National Park, California, United States. It was established by the family of J.D. Ryan, the later developers of the Lost Horse Mine, which became the most profitable mine in the area. The Lost Horse Well at the Ryan Ranch supplied water to the Lost Horse Mine, 3 miles south and 750' higher, by pipeline.

The six-room house was built as an adobe residence in 1896 with later wood frame additions. It was destroyed by fire August 12, 1978. Originally roughly 30 feet by 40 feet, the ruin has 3 rooms, each measuring 12 feet wide and 16 feet long. Adobe walls sit on stone masonry foundation, and there are concrete stoops on the north and south sides. There is a small stone fireplace located on the east side of the house.[2][3]

A small cemetery is near the ranch with about 10 graves.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Ryan Ranch House Ruin". List of Classified Structures. National Park Service. 2008-11-17. 
  3. ^ a b F. Ross Holland, Jr. (December 1971). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Ryan House and Lost Horse Well or Spring" (pdf). National Park Service. 
  • Zarki, Joseph W. (2015). Joshua Tree National Park. Charleston, SC: Arcadia (Images of America). p. 47. ISBN 978-1-4671-3281-7.