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

Valley Wells

 
 
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By Alvis Hendley, February 21, 2007
1. Valley Wells Marker
Inscription.  In this area, several groups of midwestern emigrants, who had escaped from hazards and privations in Death Valley in 1849, sought to secure water from Searles Lake. When they discovered its salty nature, they turned northward and westward in despair, and with travail crossed the Argus and other mountains to reach settlements of Central and Southern California.
 
Erected 1949 by California Centennials Commission, Death Valley 49ers Inc., Trona Lions Club. (Marker Number 443.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1849.
 
Location. 35° 49.769′ N, 117° 20.304′ W. Marker is near Trona, California, in Inyo County. Marker is on Trona Wildrose Road just north of Valley Wells Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1555 Trona Wildrose Road, Trona CA 93562, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Austin Hall (approx. 5.2 miles away); Searles Lake Borax Discovery
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By Alvis Hendley, February 21, 2007
2. Valley Wells Marker
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(approx. 5.4 miles away); Fish Canyon (approx. 6˝ miles away); John & Dennis Searles Wagon Routes (approx. 10.7 miles away); Epsom Salts Monorail (approx. 10.7 miles away); Ballarat (approx. 14.4 miles away); a different marker also named Ballarat (approx. 14.4 miles away); Panamint City (approx. 14.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Trona.
 
Regarding Valley Wells. This plaque marks one of four California Historical Landmarks commemorating the 49er Expedition through Death Valley. The other plaques are: Death Valley Gateway, Bennett-Arcane Long Camp and Burned Wagons Point.
 
Valley Wells Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, February 21, 2007
3. Valley Wells Marker
Valley Wells Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, February 21, 2007
4. Valley Wells Marker
Erected & Dedicated
by the
Trona Lions Club
December 2, 1949
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 30, 2016, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. This page has been viewed 309 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 30, 2016, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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