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Keeler, formerly known as Hawley is a census-designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Keeler is located on the east shore of Owens Lake 11.5mi south-southeast of New York Butte, at an elevation of 3602 feet (1098 m). The population was 66 people at the 2010 census, unchanged from the 2000 census.GeographyAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.3sqmi, all land.Keeler is located along the eastern shores of Owens Lake (a dry lakebed) along State Route 136.HistoryWhen the 1872 Lone Pine earthquake rendered the pier in nearby Swansea inaccessible by uplifting the shoreline, a new pier was constructed to the south at a community named Hawley. In 1880 a new mill was constructed at Hawley by the Owens Lake Mining and Milling Company for processing ore from the Cerro Gordo Mines in the mountains to the east. A town was laid out by the company agent Julius M. Keeler, for whom the town of Hawley was later renamed.The steamship "Bessie Brady" brought ore from Keeler across the lake to the town of Cartago, however in 1882 the Bessie Brady was destroyed by fire. There was a 300-foot wharf at Keeler, and the steamship route cut days off the time a freight wagon would have taken to circle the lake. She carried 700 ingots at a time in a three-hour crossing. The Carson and Colorado Railroad constructed a narrow gauge railway to Keeler in 1883. The success of the Cerro Gordo mines caused Keeler to boom until silver prices plummeted in the late 1800s.Keeler is in California Desert. Plan your holiday in Keeler and other destinations, from the rural, to the urban, and everything in between, using our United States sightseeing planning app.
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