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This is the official Eagle Mountain and area genealogical/historical web 
site. These are the family trees of former Eagle Mountain residents. 
FLASH:REMEMBERING... Elvin Dean Dunson "Deano", 1949~2016, Navy (Vietnam), EMHS Alumnus 1967...
Eagle Mountain is rapidly passing into the realm of myth and legend, while immutably remaining in the memories and hearts of those who lived and grew-up there. Now a ghost town, it is located about 11 miles north of Desert Center, California, in the middle of the Colorado Desert. This small community began as Kaiser Steel Corporation's iron ore mining camp about 1947/48. When the mine shut down (1983), the company owned town died. (Eagle Mountain, our special hometown, was sold to Ecology Mountain Holdings on 17 April, 2023. The Cerritos, California, based company paid 22.58 million dollars for the approximately 10,000 acre chunk of the desert. What will happen next is apparently a tightly guarded secret.) Eagle Mountain's population was never more than 3,800 people, at any one time. However, more than this have lived there during the over three decades it existed. Most of the former residents of Kaiser's town have very fond memories of their life there. During its prime, the small community sported many amenities which included: green grassy yards, tree lined paved streets (with sidewalks), three public schools, several churches, playgrounds, swimming pools, a recreation hall, U. S. Post Office (Zip Code 92241*), a gas station and a small shopping center. *After the mine closed, the Zip Code was transferred to Desert Hot Springs, located in the Coachella Valley, north of Indio. Desert Center rests on Interstate 10, which connects Blythe and Indio, California. Founded by "Desert Steve" Ragsdale in 1921, it's still an important and colorful respite between the Coachella Valley and the Colorado River. It was moved to its present (c2021) location in 1925. (The Ragsdale family has passed ownership/control of Desert Center, after a century. Riverside resident Balwinder Singh Wraich bought Desert Center for 6.25 million dollars on 13 July, 2021. Wraich reportedly plans to restore and revive this 100 year old respite.) Lake Tamarisk is located on Kaiser Road, about two miles north of Desert Center and nine miles southeast of Eagle Mountain. It was started by Kaiser Steel Corporation, as an alternative housing area (with a 9-hole golf course!) for its employees and their families. Today (c2017), it's mostly a "snowbird" community of retired people, who seasonally come to enjoy the mild winters. As well as some year-round residents. For an "Eagle's eye view," see the aerial photograph. There are three Los Angeles Metropolitan Water District pumping stations, in the general area of the former iron ore mine: Hayfield (later, also known as "Hinds,") Iron Mountain and Eagle Mountain. They remain vital parts of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, which was constructed (prior to World War II) to supply water to Los Angeles. This liquid thread traverses the desert from the Colorado River to Lake Matthews, near Riverside. Regarding this site, it should be noted: ----Uniqueness: Eagle Mountain Family Trees (EMFT) is singularly rare and unique: a special historical and genealogical record. EMFT is separate from, not connected with, not a part of, nor a replacement for any website/message board relating to the former Kaiser Mine and community. There's lots to see and learn here which will not be found elsewhere. And, of course, all the memories! ----Contact Data: Participating former Eagle Mountain & selected area residents have their email address, postal mailing address, telephone number and/or personal webpage URL displayed within their genealogical record. (The email address and webpage URL are shown as separate links. Simply left click the appropriate one, to send them a message or visit their webpage. ----Residency: Unless otherwise stated, refers to the barracks and housing areas at the Eagle Mountain mine. The street addresses of former mine residents will be shown, when available. Those families residing at near-by pumping stations and Desert Center are included here, if their children attended the Eagle Mountain schools between 1958 and 1983. Some of the miners lived in Indio, Blythe or Desert Center. At least one miner resided in the barracks, during the work week, while the family resided in Simi Valley. ----Sources: Include the "Talon" (Eagle Mountain High School yearbook), former and current area residents, as well as public documents. Some data remains as yet unconfirmed. Data from public sources or a part of public records will be displayed. ----First and Last Names: Those which are presently unavailable, are shown as "Unavailable." Similarly, some unavailable first names are shown as a "?" and may be followed by a number. Consider these as place markers. ----Additions and corrections: They're welcomed. Send them to the Administrator. (This includes names, dates, contact data, images, etc.) Submit only valid data with which you feel comfortable making public. (A template is available.) Submissions will be entered and displayed as soon as possible. The contact data will NOT otherwise be shared with anyone. ----Photographs and Images: This site welcomes quality images of the community made prior to 1983. Unfortunately, Tribal Pages has imposed restrictions which limits the quality and quantity of images. The street map series suffers markedly from this quality. degradation. For those which are presently not on display, check with the Administrator. ----Visitor Access Code (Password): Subject to change without notice. ----Guest Book: Available for your viewing and/or "signing." Please do not post additions, URLs, corrections or personal data in the Guest Book. If you've a webpage, you may contact the Administrator so it may be included within your genealogical record. ----EMFT Group: Keep abreast of the latest additions here and share your memories of Eagle Mountain by visiting our Eagle Mountain Family Trees Group at GOOGLE. May your visits be enjoyable and nostalgic. This is a working site and there are more entries, images and updates yet to be displayed. So, make return visits soon. The time now in Eagle Mountain, California-- Contents Of This Site: The data and images here are not for public/private/commercial distribution or use, without previous permission from the copyright owner, Larry E Litteral. Your observance of the individuals' privacy rights is appreciated. Some data has yet to be confirmed. Some information here is not necessarily cast in stone. This site is protected under United States and international copyright laws. The information here is not for commercial use under any circumstances and is intellectual property of the copyright owner: Larry E Litteral. copyright 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 Larry E Litteral. (This welcome page revised 01 May 2024)
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There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.

In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.

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