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Mohave County miner and our mineral wealth. [volume] (Kingman, Ariz.) 1918-1922, June 10, 1921, Image 4

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D C BUTZ CIVIL ENGINEER
Claim and Underground Surveys Thoroughly
familiar with Katherine District
Kingman Arizona
Box 827
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about seventy five miles by
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This remarkable mountain
is of volcanicorigin and is now
crowned with snow and ice
having the most extensive
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United States
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way leads directly from Ta
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COUNTY MINER and OUR MINERAL WEALTH
OF OLDjTOK
Fifty years ago there sprang up
like a thousand mushroom towns that
characteiized the west after the rail
roads linked it to the already estab
lished cast a booming mining center
that held in its daily life all the rich
ness the depravity the crudeness ami
tne ineradicable picturesqueness that
is attached to the history of the van
ished frontier Ehrenburg once a
refuge for 5000 pioneer souls now
is but a crumbling mass of adobe in
the Arizona sun
The traveler making a slight de
tour1 as he follows the southern high
wavi glimpses its sandy skeleton
blocked vividly against the blue sky
But he does not ayways know that
once within those same nondescript
walls lived the chuich the i chool and
the homes of men and women who
formed a fierce and gay little city that
died as they themselves when the
vivid spirit waned
To see to feel and to love the his
tory of such a landmark of the old
West is the experiencea of Je5ys Dan
iels and it is from this familiar
pioneer of the southwet that much
of the material for this account is
gleaned Thirty years a resident of
the place Mr Daniels is indeed an
historian to whom one may lurn for
uncolored annals of Ehrenbergs bril
liant days
Upon the fall of La Paz rose the
success of Ehrenberg La Paz which
was the most important of the two
cities was startqd about 1860 and for
ten years flourished with the phen
omenal growth that has attended the
entire development of the west At
one time it was even the capital of
Arizona but the government finally
ordered the citizens to evacuate as it
was in th Parker Ariz Indian reser
vation limits It was then that the
La Paz populace Tnoved to Ehren
burg illustrating the rapidity with
which western cities topk root and
bloomed Founded in 1870 Ehren
berg increased to 5000 inhabitants by
Some of Ehrenbergs business men
and their descendants are known to
pioneers of the Palo Verde Valley
and there are residents of Blythe and
other valley towns who recall no little
of Ehrenberg history themselves
The most important business men
were Goldwater Brothers who con
ducted a general store Jack Swartz
proprietor of one of the leading sa
loons and Abe Frank brother-in-law
of Jesus Daniels who conducted a
geheral merchandise business ran a
boarding house and was also the post
master of the fbwn In its palmy
days Ehrenberg boasted two large
blacksmith shops that fattened on the
then profitable business of the stage
coach lines
When Abe Frank moved to Yuma
in 1883 he sent his brother-in-law
Mr Daniels to take his place in the
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Ehrenberg business For many years
Mr Daniels held the mail contract
operated the general store and saloon
and was one of the school trustees
but later he gave up these numerous
duties to go nto the cattle business
Miss Mary Phost who was the first
teacher to come to the Ehrenberg
schools still lives at Yuma and still
teaches in the schools in that city
She is very old now and draws a pen
sion for her teaching services in the
neighboring state The Goldwaters
are now residents of Phoenix while
the Franks live in Yuma
A city where every day and night
saw enacted scenes of gold lust where
the report of a vengeful gun was a
granted part of the days occurrences
where the rant of the dance hall
mingled with the chant of the Catholic
church nearby that was Ehrenberg
Asked to tell of one outstanding in
cident that made up the florid side of
Ehrenbergs past life Mr Daniels
gave up the job deprecatingly Those
weie no highly colored and sensation
al farces that the cinema industry
grew rich upon in its younger days
The candle in the beer bottle the
spinning roulette wheel the nugget
thrown in exchange for malaga these
were a very part of the genuine life
upon which discerning moving picture
directors built an art having for its
cornerstone the intense and often ri
bald life of the rugged West
Ehrenberg was primarily the cen
ter of a gold mining district Very
little copper was mined there and
practically no silver It is estimated
by different authorities that some
17000000 in gold was taken from
the La Paz mine and countless wealth
has also been obtained in the region
near Ehrenberg
The old stage line which made the
daily trips from San Bernardino to
points in New Mexico made Ehren
berg itshief stopping placa a fac
tor greatly instrumental in the rapid
settlement of the city The coach
was carried across the river on a big
ferry rowed by several men Many
tfmes true to the spirit of those pio
neer days the stage was robbed in
approved bantlit fashion but the gov
ernments close vigil of desperadoes
resulted in the apprehension of many
of them who were duly sent to the
penitentiary
Ehrenberg came to grief about
1882 after a span of ten years in
which was condensed more red-blooded
life than many a city experiences
in several decades Indian settle
ments which were stationed along
the shfrres of the Colorado river be
came restless The Red Man rose up
against the inhabitants and when two
or three of tfie citizens were slain
the people began to move By 1883
most of the business men had left the
last ones to forsake the city being
Sam Wilson Newt Smith and the
Hecklers
At the time Blythe began to settle
there were still three saloons in Eh
renberg For quite a while these few
remnants of the better days were the
only props in the little towns lagging
existence and when the state of Ari
zona went dry they too closed forc
ing the few remaining inhabitants to
move across the river to Blythe
Ehrenbergs history is a represen
tative story of many a settlement in
the West whose auspicious location
jn a rich mineral field gave it quick
life and quick death
As one wanders through the de
serted city today one wonders that a
community so favorably regarded for
a decade could be so utterly deserted
Every year adds to its measure of
loneliness to the place and strips the
remaining walls of some relic of olden
times No so long ago the treasure
seeker might have gathered enough
discarded household articles to set up
a living place A short time ago one
found a roulette wheel still intact
orderly rows of seats in the old school
house and the picturesque walls of
the two Catholic churches festively
decorated in palm fronds and brightly
hued pictures of the saints
Today as one roams among the de
serted walls one finds only the yel
lowed page of a lost account book
the battered metal of scales or the
rotting round of a chair The pas
FRIDAY JUNE 10 1921
sionate town withers At hand the
cemetery that is filled with graves
whose weather beaten markers bear
faint Spanish inscriptions and whose
forms are piled high with stones to
barricade the coyotes prowling offers
mute testimony of gay lives many
of which were cufshort by swift and
revengeful weapons
Ehrenberg remains a sight seeing
place for the insatiable tourist and
it is indeed one of the most profitable
and deeply interesting oVie that the
Southwest has to offer--The Blythe
Cal Evening Review
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Poetic
When Alice Smith had attained the
age of sixteen she undertook to alter
the orthography of her given name to
what it seemed to her was a more
poetic form Accordingly she begcr
to sign herself Alycc Thus designat
ed she entered a new school and of
course the fiist question put to her
was with reference to her name
Alyce Smith she said
Thanks said the teacher And
how are you spelling Smith now
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