Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

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

Ballarat

3 1/2 Miles

 
 
Ballarat Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, May 3, 2009
1. Ballarat Marker
Inscription.  Now a ghost town, Ballarat served nearby mining camps from 1897 to 1917. They produced nearly a million in gold. The jail & a few adobe ruins remain. Seldom Seen Slim, it's last resident, was buried in Boothill in 1968. It had a school but no church.

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: ExplorationIndustry & CommerceNotable PlacesSettlements & Settlers.
 
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
Ballarat Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, May 3, 2009
2. Ballarat Marker
, on the right when traveling north on Trona Wildrose Road. Marker is located immediately south of this intersection about 19 miles north of Trona. The ghost town of Ballarat is about 3.5 miles east of here by dirt road that crosses Panamint Dry Lake. 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 4 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Ballarat (here, next to this marker); Panamint City (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Ballarat (approx. 3.3 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.
 
Panamint City (left) and Ballarat (middle and right) Markers image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, May 3, 2009
3. Panamint City (left) and Ballarat (middle and right) Markers
Ballarat School 1900-1910 and Mrs. Bigelow was the Teacher image. Click for full size.
4. Ballarat School 1900-1910 and Mrs. Bigelow was the Teacher
Photograph located in the Eastern California Museum in Independence, Ca on 155 N. Grant Street.
Gravesite of Seldom Seen Slim image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, February 20, 2007
5. Gravesite of Seldom Seen Slim
Gravesite of Seldom Seen Slim image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, February 20, 2007
6. Gravesite of Seldom Seen Slim
Charles Ferge...."Seldom Seen Slim"....Prospector.... 1889-1968...."Me Lonely? Hell, No!....I'm half coyote and half wild burro!"
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 25, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 686 times since then and 4 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 Long Beach, 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.
Paid Advertisement
Jan. 18, 2021