Trona on the Web: Trona Pinnacles

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'The pinnacles are located at the south end of Searles Lake. They are 15 miles from Trona and 5 miles east of Death Valley Highway.

"May 3, 1971, we read in a newspaper the Astronauts of the Apollo Moon Mission practicing for their July exploration. However, they were located at the Coso Mountain Range because of it's physical resemblance to the area where the plan to land on the Moon. Now any Trona youngster could have told them that the pinnacles were the place to go because TV science fiction series and several movies have been taken there.

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"One Trona youngster, little Dennis, was about four when Neil Armstrong took his first historical walk on the moon. he was a sleepy little guy, but stayed up to watch television. When excitement got the best of him he shouted, Come on Mom,  let's go to the Pinnacles so I can see him.

"The Pinnacles to Trona youngsters mean outer space, a great place for a wiener roast and a spooky place for a Halloween party on a moonlight night. To the artist, it is an area of start beauty constantly changing under different lighting, but always inspiring. To the geologist the formations have been a challenge to study and explain and they have come up with some differing theories. Historically, their resemblance to the spires towers gave them the name of Cathedral City, and they were conspicuous landmarks to to freighters and prospectors traveling from San Bernardino. Commercially, they faced extinction as they were broken off and hauled to the cities to be used as garden decoration and also as agriculture lime. (1)

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Episodes of "Star Trek" and some scenes from the remake of "Planet of the Apes" were filmed using the Trona Pinnacles as background.

Jupiter 2000 Launch Party Photo Feature is several collections of photographs of the Trona Pinnacles.

BLM CA Trona Pinnacles

(1) The above was taken from the "Searles Valley Story" which was written and published by Searles Lake Branch of American Association of University Women in 1975 for the Searles Valley bicentennial.

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