Status: Ghost Town
Date Settled: 1906
Current Population: None
Peak Population: 700
Elevation: 5,689 Feet (1,734 meters)
Primary Mineral: Gold
Gallery: View 12 Skidoo, California Photos
Unlike other Death Valley boomtowns, Skidoo flourished for nearly ten years. At its height in 1907 it boasted 700 residents, a newspaper, bank. school, and telephone service. The hundreds of mines here earned about $1,600,000 (when gold was sold at $20 per ounce), making Skidoo one of the most productive gold camps in California.
Skidoo was initially named "23 Skidoo", an early 20th-century slang term meaning to "go away" or "take off". The postal service refused to accept "23" as part of the name. - Text from a sign at the town site.
Right here on the border line between California and Nevada, just a few miles from arid within speaking distance of Nevada's big, bonanza gold camps of Goldfield, Rhyolite, Tonopah, California promises to give birth to the most wonderful gold mines America has yet produced . . . . Here the golden goddess is again singing her siren song of enchantment and California is again beckoning to the world with a finger of gold: and the world is listening, and looking, and coming--TO SKIDOO! - Rhyolite Herald, 4 January 1907.
Skidoo is located in a remote part of Death Valley National Park. Nothing is left of the town but the Skidoo mill is intact and worth a visit. The views from the mill are spectacular.
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