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

Disaster in 1872

Grave of 1872 Earthquake Victims

 
 
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By Beth Ann Thornhill, July 23, 2010
1. Disaster in 1872 Marker
Inscription. On the date of March 26, 1872, an earthquake of major proportions shook Owens Valley and nearly destroyed the town of Lone Pine.

Twenty seven persons were killed.

In addition to single burials, 16 of the victims were interred in a common grave enclosed by this fence. (Marker Number 507.)
 
Location. 36° 37.101′ N, 118° 4.111′ W. Marker is in Lone Pine, California, in Inyo County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 395 south of Pangborne Lane, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located south of the Mt. Whitney Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Lone Pine CA 93545, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wedding of the Waters Pageant (approx. mile away); The Adobe Wall (approx. 0.9 miles away); Lone Pine Film Museum (approx. 1.3 miles away); Lone Pine Pioneer Cemetery
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By Denise Boose, February 11, 2012
2. Disaster in 1872 Marker
(approx. 1.7 miles away); Movie Flats (approx. 2.7 miles away); "Gunga Din" Filmed Here (approx. 3 miles away); Alabama Gates (approx. 4.4 miles away); Weaving for the War (approx. 8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lone Pine.
 
More about this marker. Marker and site are located a short walk up a trail. Once up the hill, you can see the little grave site and marker. Keep walking and you'll see a wooden fence. This is the burial site of the victims.
 
Regarding Disaster in 1872. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.507 on July 31, 1953.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Great Earthquake of 1872. The Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce details the earthquake and aftermath. (Submitted on August 8, 2010.) 

2. Wikipedia Entry.
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By Denise Boose, February 11, 2012
3. Disaster in 1872 Marker
“The earthquake occurred on a Tuesday morning and leveled almost all the buildings in Lone Pine and nearby settlements. Of the estimated 250–300 inhabitants of Lone Pine, 27 are known to have perished and 52 of the 59 houses were destroyed. One report states that the main buildings were thrown down in almost every town in Inyo County. About 130 kilometers (81 mi) south of Lone Pine, at Indian Wells, Kern County, California, adobe houses sustained cracks. Property loss has been estimated at $250,000 (1872 dollars), or about $30,000,000 in 2016 dollars. As in many earthquakes, adobe, stone and masonry structures fared worse than wooden ones which prompted the closing of nearby Camp Independence which was an adobe structure destroyed in the quake.

“The quake was felt strongly as far away as Sacramento, where citizens were startled out of bed and into the streets. Giant rockslides in what is now Yosemite National Park woke naturalist John Muir, then living in Yosemite Valley, who reportedly ran out of his cabin shouting, "A noble earthquake!" and promptly made
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By Denise Boose, February 11, 2012
4. Grave Site
a moonlit survey of the fresh talus piles. This earthquake stopped clocks and awakened people in San Diego, California, to the south, Red Bluff, California, to the north, and Elko, Nevada, to the east. The shock was felt over most of California and much of Nevada. Thousands of aftershocks occurred, some severe.” (Submitted on March 25, 2017.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesDisasters
 
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By Denise Boose, February 11, 2012
5. Marker at the base of the flag pole.
March 26, 1988
116 years ago this date, an 8.3 earthquake hit Lone Pine. 27 people died. 16 are buried at this site in a common grave. Alice Meysan Age 11 (family still resides in Independence. Manuel Ybaceta, Anotonia Montoya, Maria Tarrazona & her 3 children. The rest of French, Irish, Chilean, Mexican, Native American ancestry are known but to God.
March 26, 1872
Flag Pole and Fence Surrounding the Gravesite image. Click for full size.
By Beth Ann Thornhill, July 23, 2010
6. Flag Pole and Fence Surrounding the Gravesite
Victims Grave image. Click for full size.
By Beth Ann Thornhill, July 23, 2010
7. Victims Grave
State Directional Sign on Highway 395 image. Click for full size.
By Beth Ann Thornhill, July 23, 2010
8. State Directional Sign on Highway 395
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 25, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 7, 2010, by Beth Ann Thornhill of Cathedral City, California. This page has been viewed 1,616 times since then and 148 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week March 26, 2017. Photos:   1. submitted on August 7, 2010, by Beth Ann Thornhill of Cathedral City, California.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 24, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   6, 7, 8. submitted on August 7, 2010, by Beth Ann Thornhill of Cathedral City, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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