Eastern Mojave Vegetation Looking south to Robber's Roost from Soldier Wells.  
 

 

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  Robbers Roost, Kern County, California
Photograph taken July 15, 2005.

Robber's Roost was used by the robber Tiburcio Vasquez from about 1850 to 1874. He and his gang robbed stages and freight wagons carrying gold ores and bullion from the mines of the Eastern Sierra to Los Angeles and Bakersfield. As a defense against his robbery the Cerro Gordo mines made 300 pound silver balls that couldn't be carried on horseback.

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