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Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Wagon Wheel History

 
 
Wagon Wheel History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, February 19, 2007
1. Wagon Wheel History Marker
Inscription.  Traces of civilization remain for a long time on the face of Death Valley. Here, on both sides of the paved highway, you can see tracks of wagons that rolled between the mining boom towns of Rhyolite, Nevada and Skidoo, California.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 36° 39.9′ N, 117° 4.083′ W. Marker was in Death Valley National Park, California, in Inyo County. Marker was on Scotty's Castle Road one mile north of Daylight Pass Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Death Valley CA 92328, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Old Stovepipe Wells (approx. ¾ mile away); Burned Wagons Point (approx. 5.9 miles away); Road To Adventure (approx. 6 miles away); Eichbaum Toll Road (approx. 6 miles away); Keane Wonder Mine (approx. 8.8 miles away); Petroglyphs
Wagon Tracks image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 27, 2020
2. Wagon Tracks
The tracks are difficult to find. Use Google Maps - Satellite view to see where they are.
(approx. 12.3 miles away); Leadfield (approx. 12.7 miles away); An Architectural Heritage (approx. 14½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Death Valley National Park.
 
Regarding Wagon Wheel History. The mining boom towns of Rhyolite and Skidoo flourished briefly at the beginning of the 20th century. Both are now ghost towns.
 
Marker is Missing image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 27, 2020
3. Marker is Missing
Probably removed to protect what little remains of the wagon tracks.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 7, 2016, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. This page has been viewed 301 times since then. Last updated on November 3, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1. submitted on April 7, 2016, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California.   2. submitted on October 27, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   3. submitted on November 3, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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Jan. 25, 2021