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Skidoo (formerly, Hoveck) was famous in the first decade of the 20th century when gold had been found in the area. Within a few years the town had been abandoned, however, and now no standing structures remain. Skidoo's desert location is sometimes still visited by ghost town aficionados.

Skidoo is representative of the boom towns that flourished in Death Valley during the early 20th century. The town's livelihood depended primarily on the output of the Skidoo Mine, a venture operating between 1906 and 1917. During those years the mine produced about 75,000 ounces of gold, worth at the time more than $1.6 million. Two unique items are associated with Skidoo's mining heyday. First the town possessed the only milling plant in the desert operated almost completely by water power. Second, the construction of the water pipeline was a phenomenal engineering feat; its scar can still be seen between its origin near Telescope Peak and the mill site.

The Hoveck post office opened in 1906, changed its name to Skidoo in 1907, and closed in 1917. The name Hoveck honored Matt Hoveck, manager of the Skidoo Mine.

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No structures remain from the old townsite.

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Some ore veins apparently were close to the surface.

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Sealed vertical shaft.

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Iron grates seal off the shafts.

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