Colonel Sherman Stevens built the Owens Lake Silver-Lead Furnace and Mill in 1869 after ore was discovered at Cerro Gordo. The next year, it was taken over by James Brady who established the town of Swansea. It briefly prospered, but the Lone Pine Earthquake of 1872 damaged the smelter and rendered the Swansea pier useless, prompting most business to move to Hawley (Keeler), three miles south. A flash flood in Summer 1874 further devastated the place, and Swansea was deserted. It later lent its name to a siding on the Carson & Colorado Railroad, which existed here from 1883 until 1960.

Carson & Colorado Railroad
← Tramway • SwanseaKeeler