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Lone Pine in Inyo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Wedding of the Waters Pageant

 
 
Wedding of the Waters Pageant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 27, 2014
1. Wedding of the Waters Pageant Marker
Inscription. The pageant weekend in 1937 was created by Father Crowley and locals to celebrate the opening of the much needed new paved road section connecting Owens Valley to Death Valley and points east.

Friday morning a special gourd of water was scooped from the highest lake in the USA, north of Mt. Whitney. It was carried down steep trails to Whitney Portal at roads end. That afternoon three Pony Express type local horsemen took the water down to the Bank of America in Lone Pine for the first night. Participants in the many special events included Governor Merriam of California, Movie Stars, decendents of the ill-fated Sierra Donner Party and Death Valley 49ers. Saturday the water gourd was carried short distances south by local drivers and historic conveyances to Keeler train station for the second night. Sunday a car and driver took the water south to the Road Opening Ceremony, then down to the Union Oil plane at Panamint Dry Lake. The pilot then flew the water to Death Valley headquarters at Furnance Creek for a luncheon. Near sunset he completed lthe "Wedding of the Waters, from Highest to the Lowest, Pageant" by flying south to spill the water into Badwater Springs, the lowest body of water in the USA. Moutain top campfires along the way signaled the completion of the Pageant.
 
Erected
Wedding of the Waters Pageant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 27, 2014
2. Wedding of the Waters Pageant Marker
2008 by Lone Pine Community Assoc. NGHS So. Inyo Museum.
 
Location. 36° 36.476′ N, 118° 3.855′ W. Marker is in Lone Pine, California, in Inyo County. Marker is on N Main St, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. On the side of the El Dorado Saving Bank wall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 N Main St, 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. 0.2 miles away); Lone Pine Film Museum (approx. half a mile away); Disaster in 1872 (approx. mile away); Lone Pine Pioneer Cemetery (approx. one mile away); Movie Flats (approx. 2.6 miles away); "Gunga Din" Filmed Here (approx. 3.3 miles away); Alabama Gates (approx. 5.1 miles away); Dolomite Mine (approx. 8.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lone Pine.
 
Also see . . .  The Wedding of the Waters By Fr. John J. Crowley. (Submitted on October 5, 2014, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.)
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
Wedding of the Waters Pageant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 27, 2014
3. Wedding of the Waters Pageant Marker
Wedding of the Waters Pageant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 27, 2014
4. Wedding of the Waters Pageant Marker
List of Artists, Contributors, and Volunteers image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 27, 2014
5. List of Artists, Contributors, and Volunteers
Wedding of the Waters Pageant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 27, 2014
6. Wedding of the Waters Pageant Marker
Start - Lake Tulainyo, 12,802 Feet image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 27, 2014
7. Start - Lake Tulainyo, 12,802 Feet
Wedding of the Waters Pageant Marker - Inset, Pony Express Type Rider image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 27, 2014
8. Wedding of the Waters Pageant Marker - Inset, Pony Express Type Rider
Passenger Josephine Breen, Driver Sidney Chester Doty image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 27, 2014
9. Passenger Josephine Breen, Driver Sidney Chester Doty
Death Valley 20 Mule Team Borax Driver - Johnny O'Keefe image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 27, 2014
10. Death Valley 20 Mule Team Borax Driver - Johnny O'Keefe
Train to Keeler image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 27, 2014
11. Train to Keeler
1938 Lincoln Zephyr Driver, 3-Time Indy 500 Winner Louis Meyer 1930s image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 27, 2014
12. 1938 Lincoln Zephyr Driver, 3-Time Indy 500 Winner Louis Meyer 1930s
Wedding of the Waters Pageant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 27, 2014
13. Wedding of the Waters Pageant Marker
Badwater image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 27, 2014
14. Badwater
Official Road Opening Telegraph Sent by Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 27, 2014
15. Official Road Opening Telegraph Sent by Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Keeler Train Station image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 27, 2014
16. Keeler Train Station
Wedding of the Waters Pageant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 27, 2014
17. Wedding of the Waters Pageant Marker
Wedding of the Waters Pageant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 27, 2014
18. Wedding of the Waters Pageant Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 358 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18. submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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