While staying at the Escapees Co-op RV Park in Pahrump Nevada we made a day trip to the southern part of Death Valley National Park and the little town of Shoshone California. There we found a great museum and an area called Dublin Gulch where miners carved homes out of the soft rock bluffs in the area.
A short drive from Shoshone is the town of Tecopa and the China Ranch Date Farm. The current farm was started in 1992 on the site of an old farm established in 1890 by a Chinese man who used the site on the Amargosa River to grow fruits and veggies for the miners. The area has many abandoned mines from years of mining lead, silver, gypsum and talc. He disappeared mysteriously in 1896. Today the farm grows and sells many date varieties, gifts and date shakes. Ranch parking provides access to the China Ranch Trail thru the desert, along the old Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad line and across the Amargosa River to a beautiful slot canyon.