Barker Ranch

Structures at Barker Ranch

Barker Ranch is off of Goler Wash in Death Valley.  It was built in the late 1930’s and used in the 1940’s as part of a small mining operation.  It was self-sustainable with electricity provided by a windmill and a water source from a nearby spring.  However, it’s most famous for being the hideout of Charles Manson and the Manson family.  This is a very remote and hard to find location, so it’s easy to see how the Manson family was able to evade capture.  It wasn’t until they started a large fire, including tires, that they were finally found and captured.  If it wasn’t for the columns of black smoke, who knows if they ever would’ve been found.

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