“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Death Valley in Inyo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Bennett-Arcan Long Camp

Bennett-Arcan Long Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
1. Bennett-Arcan Long Camp Marker
Inscription. Near this spot the Bennett-Arcane contingent of the Death Valley '49ers, emigrants from the Middle West, seeking shortcut to California gold fields, were stranded for a month and almost perished from starvation. William Lewis Manley and John Rogers, young members of the party, made a heroic journey on foot to San Fernando and, returning with supplies, led the party to the safety of San Francisquito Rancho near Newhall.
Erected 1949 by California Centennials Commission, and Death Valley ‘49ers. (Marker Number 444.)
Location. 36° 9.806′ N, 116° 51.8′ W. Marker is in Death Valley, California, in Inyo County. Marker is on West Side Road 16 miles south of Badwater Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. West Side Road is a dirt road and might be closed after a rain storm. Be prepared when traveling in remote desert areas. Marker is in this post office area: Death Valley CA 92328, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Shorty Harris Grave (approx. 3.1 miles away); Devils Golf Course (approx. 11.4 miles away).
Regarding Bennett-Arcan Long Camp. There are a few mistakes on this marker.
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2. Bennett-Arcan Camp Marker
The Arcane family name is Arcan. The San Francisquito Rancho near Newhall is the Rancho San Francisco near what is now Valencia.

To learn more, read the book DEATH VALLEY IN ‘49 by William Lewis Manly, edited and annotated by Leroy and Jean Johnson in 2001.

Describing their arrival at the Rancho in the Santa Clarita Valley, Manly wrote: "There before us was a beautiful meadow of a thousand acres, green as a thick carpet of grass could make it, and shaded with oaks, wide-branching and symmetrical, equal to those of an old English park; while all over a herd of cattle numbering many hundreds, if not thousands ... were calmly laying down in happy rumination ... Such a scene of abundance and rich plenty and comfort bursting thus upon our eyes, which for months had seen only the desolation of the desert, was like getting a glimpse of Paradise, and tears of joy ran down our faces."
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. The Rancho near Newhall.
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
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3. Road Sign
Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 10, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 51 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 10, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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