Golden Cactus

In an effort to spread the word on the "Golden Cactus" it is being co-hosted on the hiltoncreek domain!

The Golden Cactus Museum and Old West Ghost Town is now literally under construction.  Located midway along the 395 between Los Angeles and the High Sierra, and just two miles from the Pearsonville Shell gas station and Subway sandwich shop.

Stop by and stretch the legs while taking in some of our western history and heritage.  Great photo opps and plenty of fenced in space for the kids to run around.  

Currently, nightly RV parking is allowed and long term storage also available, please contact the landowner at: scrat2020@yahoo.comorseven6zero-382-6459

A rich miner's cabin. Probably from selling worthless Panamint City paper stocks.

Working miner's cabin.

 

Poor miner's cabin on a gloomy day.

The Can-Tin Cantina. I heard that a bottle house is in the works too.

Built mostly from beer cans, scavenged from the Golden Cactus dump.

Boot hill - an interactive graveyard.  

The Golden Cactus jail securely built with stacked lumber.   


About highway 395, Inyo County, and Pearsonville.   

Highway 395 is beginning to be known as the alternative to Highway 1.  It's the next scenic roadway in the state of California that parallels the Eastern Sierra from Kern County to the south all the way to Reno, Nevada.  At the Kern/Inyo County line the highway passes through Inyokern, Pearsonville, Golden Cactus, Olancha, Lone Pine, Independence, Big Pine and Bishop.  Leaving Inyo county the highway goes through Mono County and passes by the towns of Tom's Place, Crowley Lake/Hilton Creek, Mammoth Lakes, June Lake, Lee Vining, Bridgeport, Walker, Coleville and Topaz where the Nevada State line is. Inyo County boasts a four season recreation and tourist destination. Pearsonville is in Inyo County but borders Kern County.  Nearby Kern County towns of Inyokern and Ridgecrest offer more services and lodging and are known as the gateway to Death Valley. 

For the complete story on Pearsonville I'd suggest purchasing the Pearsonville 93527 book published by the Pearsons:

http://www.amazon.com/Pearsonville-93527-Story-Peason-Family/dp/1427600597

(It's good, full of struggle, and comes recommended by the owners of Hilton Creek and Golden Cactus)

Midway: an old forgotten highway stop exactly inbetween Los Angeles and the High Sierra.  www.visitmammoth.com

Old forgotten billboard ready for rent, southbound traffic on highway 395, thousands of potential customers per day.  Please email owensdrylake@hotmail.com with interest.


Captured the below photos using a $16 camera off eBay several years ago.  It was a hot day in the Indian Wells Valley, about 98F, but the old restored buildings were looking sharp…

Old explorers shed with the missing hat.


Desert winds bring signs from afar.


Sign post to help you get around.






Southern sierra views from the jail.



Don’t end up here, the Town sheriff nabs many a disrespectful child and claim jumpers.



Pictured right is a 20′s era ‘kit’ travel trailer, very unique and built from scratch.  Originally towed by cattle, this trailer ended up at Golden Cactus during the Inyokern stampede of 1935.



Seamstress shop.



Work on the store and gift shop is coming along.



In the distance - old model T next to the well-to-do miner’s cabin and museum.  Not pictured is the Tijuana Taxi.



Old chuck wagon.



Coyote melons and a couple of ghosts.  Take a coyote melon home today, they sprout up nicely in arid climates.



Encapsulated mobile homes – my favorite.


Golden Cactus, known for several rare varieties of cacti.



Intersection of Main and 1st street?  I’ll get that clarified.  Anyhow, across the street is the land office.  Great time to buy CA land as prices are low and cash is tight!



Below is the tin can CanTina along with a small miner’s hut.  No Name’s infamous EAT sign in the distance.  Golden Cactus is open daily, please flag down the owner for admittance or email in advance:
Also available are overnight spots for the weary RV campers.  $20 includes an electrical hook-up, sorry no water at this time.



A building of many uses, at one time it was a cafe, antique store, and now a museum.



The land office has been around for many years, don't let the wood surface fool you - it was under the insulation the whole time.



Golden Cactus mobile home park.



Kit trailer, from the 20's.



Looking through an old photo album inside of Grumpy Bear's retreat.



Are non-fruiting mulberries a disservice?  Depends on who you ask.



Good parts were picked clean.

Apothecary. (drug store)

Restoring an old mobile home to it’s true calling – Western facade building!

Got a broken pipe?  Bring it on by the pipe fitters shop for a quick repair.

Believe it or not: today the jail is still inhabited by the likes of the ornery Owen gang.  Don’t get too close to his possessions!