Photo Credit: Jo Ann WardView of Green Mountain Lake from the top of Green Mountain Quarry.
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By 1919 the sporadic settlements in the Cronise Valley had been abandoned, but in 1922 the Arrowhead Highway was opened. It passed from east to west through the southern end of East Cronise Valley (Thompson 1929:536). Although two railroads passed through the valley, service was poor and expensive (Thompson 1929:535). One of the longest lived families in the Mohave Sink, the Proctors, were to move at this time from Crucero to a ranch in the east Cronise Basin. For a time, the Proctor family owned a restaurant, gas station, and motel complex at the junction of the Mohave inflow channel and the Old Arrowhead Highway at the south end of east Cronise Lake. About 1 mile east of the Proctor's establishment 10-15 acres was planted in alfalfa in 1930 and watered from a well (Shepard, personal communication). Furrows of this enterprise are visible on the lake surface, an may relate to the farming activities of H. D. Bradley or G. T. Roberts (Thompson 1929:538,544). The Proctors were one of the last families to stay in the region, and moved to a location on the present highway (Interstate 15) which was realigned approximately 1 mile further south to the extreme southern edge of East Cronise Valley. All occupants of the valley have now gone with the exception of one service station at the Rasor Road freeway exit located on the extreme southeastern edge of East Cronise Lake. The Proctor family remained in the vicinity until as recently as 1969 (Pierson 1970:207). http://www.slc.ca.gov/
More on the Cronese Cat from Desert Magazine, August 1942:
The Cat on the Hill . . .
Dear friend Randall,
Several years ago there were inquiries as to the origin of name Cronese (appearing on most maps as Cronise). I had heard that it was an Indian word meaning wildcat, and that the Indians so named it because of the cat's image that sits on Cat mountain. But the Automobile club insists it was named after a scientist named Cronise, who wrote about the Mojave in 1880. I have talked with several old desert men who visited the valley in the '60s and they say it was named Cronese then, which was 20 years before Mr. Cronise's visit here. A short time ago I had a long visit with a Pahute Indian who has been my friend. I asked him to say "wildcat" in his language. He pronounced it CROdthESE. The dth is slurred and subdued so that it sounds like an "n," but if you pronounce it "n" they will correct you. There is no doubt that the Pahutes saw the cat on the hill.
ELMO PROCTOR, Yermo, California