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

Death Valley 49ers Gateway

 
 
Death Valley 49ers Gateway Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, October 28, 2020
1. Death Valley 49ers Gateway Marker
Inscription.  Through this natural gateway the Death Valley Forty-Niners, more than one hundred emigrants from the middle west, seeking a shortcut to gold fields of central California, entered Death Valley in December, 1849. All suffered from thirst and starvation. Two contingents went southwest from here, the others proceeded northward seeking an escape from region.
 
Erected 1949 by California Centennials Commission. Base Furnished by Death Valley 49ers, Inc. (Marker Number 442.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks series list. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1849.
 
Location. 36° 26.915′ N, 116° 51.162′ W. Marker is in Death Valley National Park, California, in Inyo County. Marker is at the intersection of California Route 190 and Badwater Road, on the right when traveling west on State Route 190. Touch for map. Marker is 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 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Furnace Creek Ranch, Death Valley
Death Valley 49ers Gateway Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, October 28, 2020
2. Death Valley 49ers Gateway Marker
Located near The Inn at Death Valley, formerly Furnace Creek Inn.
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(approx. one mile away); Old Dinah (approx. one mile away); 20 Mule Team Wagon Train (approx. one mile away); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. 1.2 miles away); Golden Canyon Trail (approx. 2 miles away); Old Harmony Borax Works (approx. 2.4 miles away); Borax (approx. 2½ miles away); White Gold (approx. 2½ miles away).
 
Regarding Death Valley 49ers Gateway. This site was designated California Historical Landmark No. 442 on October 14, 1949. Master of Ceremonies was actor James Stewart. The Death Valley 49ers Inc. have met every year since then.
 
Also see . . .  Death Valley National Park. Badwater Basin, in Death Valley National Park, is the lowest place in North America and one of the lowest places in the world at 282 feet below sea level. (Submitted on June 15, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Death Valley 49ers Gateway Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, June 12, 2010
3. Death Valley 49ers Gateway Marker
Death Valley 49ers Gateway Marker, top detail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, October 28, 2020
4. Death Valley 49ers Gateway Marker, top detail
Zabriskie Point image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, June 12, 2010
5. Zabriskie Point
Badwater image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, June 12, 2010
6. Badwater
Salt flats at Badwater Basin image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, June 12, 2010
7. Salt flats at Badwater Basin
at 282 feet below sea level.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 5, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 15, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,535 times since then and 94 times this year. Last updated on February 26, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 28, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   3. submitted on June 15, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on October 28, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   5, 6, 7. submitted on April 24, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Jul. 1, 2022