Gus Lederer moved to the Chuckwalla Mountains and Pacific Mining District as it was known in 1915.
The well-loved Corn Springs prospector baked hotcakes for his 18 burros each morning.
Gus complained bitterly to his local prospector friends about the way the coyotes were killing his pet cats. He scalped a coyote and hung his hide on a tree as a warning to other coyotes.
He lived in a small cabin built by earlier miners until his death in the Spring of 1932 from the bite of a black widow spider.
He was buried by Desert Steve Ragsdale at Aztec Wells next to his good friend Tommy Jones.
The springs in the wash supplied water for Indians and the corn they raised. Many petroglyphs in the area indicate an earlier Indian presence and an ancient trail has been traced to the Mule Mountains near Blythe.
Note: California Death Index listes a Gustave Lederer with a date of 7-2-1937
Created by: Lester Letson
Record added: Sep 14, 2012
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