Black Mountains (California) facts for kids
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A hiker walks up Dante's View, in the Black Mountains
|Peak||Funeral Peak (Black Mountains (California))|
|Elevation||6,384 ft (1,946 m)|
|Topo map||USGS Dantes View|
The Black Mountains are a southern range of the Amargosa Range System and lie in a generally north-south direction at their southwestern end. Their formation has been classified as the Amargosa Chaos.
Lower Death Valley lies to the west & southwest of the Black Mountains section, with Greenwater Valley and the Greenwater Range to the northeast. The Black Mountains and Greenwater Range abut the Funeral Mountains on the north, also at the southern terminus of the Amargosa Range. The Amargosa River turns south-southwest, around the three sub-ranges, then northwest into Death Valley. The Owlshead Mountains are to the south across the Amargosa River and its steep descent into Death Valley.
The Lila C Mine, of "The Borax King" Francis Marion Smith and his Pacific Coast Borax Company, was developed to mine borax just east of the range. Around 1914 he built the Death Valley Railroad to primarily serve the newer Ryan C. Mine above it within the Black Mountains, with a spur to the Lila C. tracks.
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