Lone Pine in Inyo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
3 1/2 Miles
Post Office Spring 1/4 mi south is where the Brier Party, some Jay Hawkers and other 49ers came in their escape from Death Valley in Jan 1850.
On Sunday morn at 3am, March 22, 1908, a car in the Worlds Longest Race, a Thomas Flyer, arrived in Ballarat. It won the New York to Paris race, covering 13,341 miles in 169 days. The car is now in Harrah's Museum in Reno.
Erected 1992 by Death Valley Escape Trail Conf. Trona Chapter.
Location. 36° 1.991′ N, 117° 16.907′ W. Marker is in Lone Pine, California, in Inyo County. Marker is at the intersection of Trona Wildrose Road and Ballarat Road, on the right when traveling north on Trona Wildrose Road. Touch for map. Marker is located immediately south of this intersection about 19 miles north of Trona. The ghost town of Ballarat is about 3.5 miles east of here by dirt road that crosses Panamint Dry Lake. Marker is in this post office area: Lone Pine CA 93545, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least Ballarat (here, next to this marker); Panamint City (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Ballarat (approx. 3.3 miles away); Valley Wells (approx. 14.4 miles away).
More about this marker. Within one week after a marker was originally erected by the Death Valley '49ers, it was stolen. A second marker was later erected and it was also removed. Finally someone placed a very large sheet of metal with the words cut into it using a cutting torch. Now a new bronze marker has again been placed with the cooperation of the Slim Princess and Billy Holcomb Chapters and is expected to remain. SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway
Regarding Ballarat. Ballarat started as a watering stop and mail was left here for the miners who worked nearby.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 25, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 598 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 25, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. 4. submitted on April 27, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. 5, 6. submitted on March 31, 2016, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.