A 400' aerial view of Clear Lake Reservoir east of Newell, California. The lake is entirely within a national wildlife refuge that is off human limits w/ this shot taken just outside the boundary. The lake is almost at full level w/ recent snow leading to a high water table w/ muddy roads. Here one can see the wide open spaces w/ views of Clear Lake Hills, Double Head Mountain, & even the distant snowy Warner Mountains to the east. I took this shot as from my car going south one can see remnants of the famous Carr's Wall of China.
Jesse D. Carr's Wall of China, as it is informally named, is a long ridge of stacked lava rocks about five feet in height, the original length spanned nearly 45 miles around the Clear Lake region of Modoc County, California. Carr, a rancher who did cattle grazing, claimed adjacent land at the time, hired a white man named Bancroft who brought a large crew of Chinese workers from nearby Yreka who constructed the large rock fence b/w 1875-1882, foundation rocks up to 300 pounds in weight. Scandinavian, Portuguese, & buckaroo Cowboys were also hired, though pay was biased b/w white workers receiving 50-75 cents per five meters built, Chinese laborers on the contrary received 5 cents. The purpose of the fence was to keep other rancher's cows out of his lands and also to prevent hostility among the nearby Modoc Indians. The area of land however was public & sections of the wall were later breached or destroyed by the elements. Many sections remain intact today, some w/ original log stands & barbed wire.