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Profiles in Mojave Desert History
Prospectors & Miners
(1819 - 1887)
A French Canadian pioneer who arrived in Los Angeles in 1861 driving a team of
oxen. During the silver-mining excitement in the Cerro Gordo region
of Inyo County his teamster operation brought tons of silver to Southern
California and hauled back food and supplies to the miners. By 1873
he operated 80 such teams. He also built the Nadeau Hotel, Los Angeles's
first four-story structure and the first building with an elevator.