“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Near Baker in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Harry Wade Exit Route

Harry Wade Exit Route Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marvin Jensen
1. Harry Wade Exit Route Marker
Courtesy of the Death Valley 49ers and Marvin Jensen.
Inscription.  Some 100 wagons found themselves in Salt Lake City too late to cross the Sierra Nevada. They banded together under the name of Sand Walking Co. and started for the gold fields in California over the old Spanish Trail. After being in Death Valley with the ill-fated 1849 caravan, Harry Wade found this exit route for his ox-drawn wagon, thereby saving his life and those of his wife and children. At this point the Wade party came upon the known Spanish trail to Cajon Pass.

Lower Plaque:
This plaque was replaced by Sam Brannan, Julia C Bulette, Yerba Buena, Lost Dutchman, Billy Holcomb, Platrix, John P. Squibob, and Chief Truckee chapters of "The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus"
Erected 1957 by Descendants of Harry Wade, Death Valley 49ers, San Bernardino County, Ca. State Parks Comm., and E Clampus Vitus Chapter #s 1,2,1004,1864,1069,1853,3691 and 5917+4. (Marker Number 622.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationSettlements & Settlers
Harry Wade Exit Route Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marvin Jensen
2. Harry Wade Exit Route Marker
Courtesy of the Death Valley 49ers and Marvin Jensen.
. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus, and the Old Spanish National Trail series lists.
Location. 35° 37.975′ N, 116° 17.45′ W. Marker is near Baker, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker is at the intersection of Death Valley Road (California Route 127 at milepost 29.8) and Saratoga Springs Road, on the right when traveling south on Death Valley Road. From Baker take SR-127 north-east. It is about 38 miles to the Plaque at the junction of State Route 127 and Saratoga Springs Road (a dirt road) at the south end of Death Valley. This is on the west side of the highway, across from Little Dumont Dunes and the Salt Spring Hills. The Plaque is just north of the dirt road in a clear off area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baker CA 92309, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Salt Creek (approx. 0.8 miles away); Salt Creek Hills (approx. 0.9 miles away); China Ranch (approx. 12.7 miles away).
More about this marker. The marker is located approximately 30 miles north of Baker and 4 miles south of Death Valley National Monument.

The original Plaque was placed by the Death Valley '49ers. It has been ventured that the marker was stolen to sell for the scrap metal value. This replacement marker was dedicated with descendants of the Harry Wade family in attendance. It was an honor for the Clampers to re-erect a new marker and be involved with the commemoration of this historical event of the 1849 Gold Rush to California.
SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway
Regarding Harry Wade Exit Route. The Harry Wade family became trapped in the desert without water. Following a dry creek bed they reached safety at this point on the old Spanish Trail.
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 Death Valley 49ers Monuments. Additional historical monuments and markers placed by the Death Valley 49ers with information and photos. (Submitted on October 31, 2011.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 27, 2011, by Frank Houdek of Kingman, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,321 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on April 23, 2012, by Loren Wilson of Sebastopol, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 31, 2011. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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Jul. 7, 2020