Argos is a long ago deserted little town along Hwy 40 and old Route 66. It was really more of a camp or settlement for miners and railroad workers. The railroad runs along it and the little towns along this stretch of highway originally served travelers, miners, and railroad men. Argos has pretty much been removed or is blown or rusted away. There are a few remnants that let you know a town was once here. Posts, rusted cans, and some concrete. Other than that it is pretty empty.
There are also numerous spots with piles of rocks which have the classic characteristics of very old graves.
One such spot is set off from the others and has a metal sign on a post that reads:
Please Do Not Disturb Nearby Survey Marker
For Information Write to the Director
National Geodetic Survey Department of Commerce Washington DC 29230
There is a stone marker next to it that reads USBM. My research tells me that the USBM is the U.S. Bureau of Mines. This all makes sense, given the history of the town.
The rock piles elsewhere, that are more grouped together, have no markers but a couple have remnants of what look to be crosses. Most likely the graves would be railroad workers, miners, or those that succumbed to the heat. I understand the area had a high infant/child mortality rate. Given the heat, I can understand why. This is a very unforgiving environment.
The little town is 5-6 miles west of Ludlow, the nearest sign of civilization. I would recommend getting off of I-40 at Ludlow and then following the railroad tracks via dirt road till you come to the right area. A GPS device is really helpful here.
My camera was full by the time I got to this location. If you have any photos of this area and specifically the grave mounds, please feel free to add them here.
San Bernardino County
GPS (lat/lon): 34.72583, -116.25
Created by: Zen
Record added: Jul 07, 2008
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