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Near Ridgecrest in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Coso Rock Art District

Big and Little Petroglyph Canyon

 

— National Historic Landmark —

 
Coso Rock Art District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, April 8, 2018
1. Coso Rock Art District Marker
Inscription.  This District possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States Of America.

The Coso Rock Art District contains the largest concentration of unaltered prehistoric petroglyphs and associated sites in North America. Occupation and use of the site began as early as the end of the last Ice Age and continued until the late 19th century.
 
Erected 2001 by National Park Service.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyArts, Letters, MusicNative Americans. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks series list.
 
Location. 35° 59.664′ N, 117° 36.586′ W. Marker is near Ridgecrest, California, in Kern County. Marker is located on China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station, only accessible during guided tours with Maturango Museum. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ridgecrest CA 93555, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Also see . . .  Petroglyph Tours. Maturango Museum website has tour information, and petroglyph

Coso Rock Art District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, April 8, 2018
2. Coso Rock Art District Marker
Located along the trail from the parking lot to the canyon.
photos. (Submitted on April 8, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station, Ridgecrest CA Maturango Museum, Fossil Falls,
 
Coso Rock Art image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, April 8, 2018
3. Coso Rock Art
Tour Group on Lunch Break image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, April 8, 2018
4. Tour Group on Lunch Break
Old Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, April 8, 2018
5. Old Marker
“This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of the United States”.
Old Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, April 8, 2018
6. Old Marker
Mounted on a rock that was relocated from the nearby canyon.
Coso Rock Art image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, April 8, 2018
7. Coso Rock Art
It is believed that a person drawn upside-down represents someone who has gone to the spirit world.
Coso Rock Art image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, April 8, 2018
8. Coso Rock Art
Hunting bighorn sheep with bow and arrow.
Coso Rock Art image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, April 8, 2018
9. Coso Rock Art
The unofficial nickname for this figure is Phyllis Diller.
Art in Ridgecrest image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, April 8, 2018
10. Art in Ridgecrest
Steel sculptures at Maturango Museum, 30 miles south of the canyon, are inspired by Coso Rock Art.
Sign, near the canyon image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, April 8, 2018
11. Sign, near the canyon
Tribute marker, near the canyon image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, April 8, 2018
12. Tribute marker, near the canyon
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 8, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 166 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 8, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   7, 8, 9. submitted on April 9, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   10, 11, 12. submitted on April 10, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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