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Lone Pine in Inyo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Disaster in 1872
Grave of 1872 Earthquake Victims
 
Disaster in 1872 Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Beth Ann Thornhill, July 23, 2010
1. Disaster in 1872 Marker
 
Inscription. On the date of March 26, 1872, an earthquake of major proportions shook Owens Valley and nearly destroyed the town of Lone Pine.

Twenty seven persons were killed.

In addition to single burials, 16 of the victims were interred in a common grave enclosed by this fence. (Marker Number 507.)
 
Location. 36° 37.101′ N, 118° 4.111′ W. Marker is in Lone Pine, California, in Inyo County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 395 south of Pangborne Lane, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located south of the Mt. Whitney Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Lone Pine CA 93545, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Adobe Wall (approx. 0.9 miles away); Lone Pine Film Museum (approx. 1.3 miles away); Movie Flats (approx. 2.7 miles away); Weaving for the War (approx. 8.5 miles away); Manzanar (approx. 8.6 miles away); A Community's Living Room (approx. 8.8 miles away); Legacy (approx. 9 miles away); Sacred Space (approx. 9.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lone Pine.
 
More about this marker. Marker and site are located a short walk up a trail. Once up the hill, you can see the little grave site and marker. Keep walking and you'll see a wooden fence. This is the burial site of the victims.
 
Disaster in 1872 Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Denise Boose, February 11, 2012
2. Disaster in 1872 Marker
 

 
Regarding Disaster in 1872. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.507 on July 31, 1953.
 
Also see . . .  The Great Earthquake of 1872. The Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce details the earthquake and aftermath. Includes Photos of the area and marker. (Submitted on August 8, 2010.) 
 
Disaster in 1872 Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Denise Boose, February 11, 2012
3. Disaster in 1872 Marker
 
 
Grave Site Photo, Click for full size
By Denise Boose, February 11, 2012
4. Grave Site
 
 
Marker at the base of the flag pole. Photo, Click for full size
By Denise Boose, February 11, 2012
5. Marker at the base of the flag pole.
March 26, 1988
116 years ago this date, an 8.3 earthquake hit Lone Pine. 27 people died. 16 are buried at this site in a common grave. Alice Meysan Age 11 (family still resides in Independence. Manuel Ybaceta, Anotonia Montoya, Maria Tarrazona & her 3 children. The rest of French, Irish, Chilean, Mexican, Native American ancestry are known but to God.
March 26, 1872
 
 
Flag Pole and Fence Surrounding the Gravesite Photo, Click for full size
By Beth Ann Thornhill, July 23, 2010
6. Flag Pole and Fence Surrounding the Gravesite
 
 
Victims Grave Photo, Click for full size
By Beth Ann Thornhill, July 23, 2010
7. Victims Grave
 
 
State Directional Sign on Highway 395 Photo, Click for full size
By Beth Ann Thornhill, July 23, 2010
8. State Directional Sign on Highway 395
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on August 7, 2010, by Beth Ann Thornhill of Cathedral City, California. This page has been viewed 1,094 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on August 7, 2010, by Beth Ann Thornhill of Cathedral City, California.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 24, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   6, 7, 8. submitted on August 7, 2010, by Beth Ann Thornhill of Cathedral City, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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