In The Desert
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Obsidian Beds, Fumarole's, Brothel, Snakes.
What more could you ask for on a daytrip in the desert? We've been in this area before (see links at the bottom of the page). But there is always something new to be found, and we've found several new things!
Negro Mags Brothel - was built right next the original fumarole and they put in pools of varying temperatures for bathing. And they built a brothel, complete with a shower house and swimming pool.
Mineral Mnts., Video, Slideshow
Going over Soldier's Pass on Pass Road, finding the Obsidian Beds and the Fumarole's plus the Negro Mags Brothel was the object of this trip.
Mineral Mountains Topography Map
There is a lot more to see in this mountainous area, but this should spike your interest to do some exploring in an area rich in history and still producing gems and minerals and great scenery!
Download the GPX track for this trip here ---
The Obsidian Beds - well actually we're sure that it covers a whole large hill. And we mean LARGE! This has got be one of the biggest areas where you can find quality obsidian. Snowflake and Mahogany obsidian were found on this trip.
The Fumarole's - there are two (2). And both are active and spewing out clouds of sulphur smelling poisonous gas. This is what gave them the idea to put Geothermal plants in this part of the desert. Before the plants were built - there was a brothel.
Fumarole, Steam Vent
The information about the Blundell Geothermal Plant was already posted on a previous trip to Rock Corral (link below) into the Mineral Mountains so I won't repeat it here. But this was very interesting and something worth seeing. You just don't realize how volatile the earth can be till you see something like this in your own backyard (or close anyway). More images including the old original fumarole in the video/slideshow below.
Snakes - the Eastern side of the mountains always has a rather large population of snakes. More in the video.
Bud & Carol, Dan & Lynn, Kim & Shellie, Justin & Jay all came along with Don & Linda for this 72.5 mile long trip that took 6 hr's. 12 minutes to complete. Of course we made some stops that are included in that time.
About the Negro Mags Brothel - first it's hard to believe that back in 1870's there were enough workers in this remote area to support a brothel with geothermal pools and a cat house. But, here it is. This all happened here because of the hot springs. Milford is the closest town and was a major supply hub transporting goods to mines in the area and to mines as far away as the Delamar Mine in Nevada. After her husbands death, (Mr. Lee), his wife Mag opened the sanitarium at the hot springs. They were a black couple, thus the name. Then the Roosevelt Hot Springs resort was opened. There were 2 different businesses here, the hot bath resort, and the brothel. Then the springs dried up in 1966. Today only the gaseous fumes and sulphur are present.
This was a really interesting trip and probably not our last trip into this area. On two (2) previous trips into this area we found other things that would be of interest to others desert travelers. Here's are two other trips into this area.