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Scheelite, California

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Scheelite, California

Unincorporated community
Location in California

Coordinates: 37°22′41″N 118°40′36″W / 37.37806°N 118.67667°W / 37.37806; -118.67667Coordinates: 37°22′41″N 118°40′36″W / 37.37806°N 118.67667°W / 37.37806; -118.67667

Country United States
State California
County Inyo County
Abandoned 1970
Named for Scheelite
Elevation[1] 6,929 ft (2,112 m)

Scheelite was an unincorporated community in Inyo County, California.[1] It was located 3 miles (4.8 km) north-northwest of Mount Tom,[2] at an elevation of 6,929 feet (2,112 m).[1] Scheelite, a tungsten ore, was mined in the neighborhood.[2]


The hamlet was inhabited by families of employees of Union Carbide Corporation's Pine Creek tungsten mining and milling operations. During the winter of 1969–70, several houses were damaged by heavy snow loads. At that point, Scheelite was abandoned as most families moved down Pine Creek canyon to Rovana, which at that time was another company village for the families of Union Carbide employees. The houses at Scheelite were later demolished and the site was eventually used to store mining tailings.


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