Trona in Inyo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
3 1/2 Miles
Post Office Spring 1/4 mi south is where the Brier Party, some Jay Hawkers and other 49ers came in their escape from Death Valley in Jan 1850.
On Sunday morn at 3am, March 22, 1908, a car in the Worlds Longest Race, a Thomas Flyer, arrived in Ballarat. It won the New York to Paris race, covering 13,341 miles in 169 days. The car is now in Harrah's Museum in Reno.
Erected 1992 by Death Valley Escape Trail Conf. Trona Chapter.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Industry & Commerce • Notable Places • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1835.
Location. 36° 1.991′ N, 117° 16.907′ W. Marker is in Trona, California, in Inyo County. Marker is at the intersection of Trona Wildrose Road and Ballarat Road Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Trona CA 93592, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Panamint City (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Ballarat (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Ballarat (approx. 3.3 miles away); Fish Canyon (approx. 10 miles away); Valley Wells (approx. 14.4 miles away).
More about this marker. Within one week after a marker was originally erected by the Death Valley '49ers, it was stolen. A second marker was later erected and it was also removed. Finally someone placed a very large sheet of metal with the words cut into it using a cutting torch. Now a new bronze marker has again been placed with the cooperation of the Slim Princess and Billy Holcomb Chapters and is expected to remain. SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway
Regarding Ballarat. Ballarat started as a watering stop and mail was left here for the miners who worked nearby.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 25, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Elk Grove, California. This page has been viewed 771 times since then and 17 times this year. Last updated on November 5, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 25, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Elk Grove, California. 4. submitted on April 27, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. 5, 6. submitted on March 31, 2016, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.