Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Old Stovepipe Wells
Erected 1968 by California Department of Parks and Recreation and the National Park Service and the Death Valley 49ers Inc. (Marker Number 826.)
Location. 36° 39.544′ N, 117° 4.749′ W. Marker is in Death Valley National Park, California, in Inyo County. Marker is on Stovepipe Wells Road 0.8 miles south of Scotty's Castle Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is on an unpaved road. There are only a few paved roads in Death Valley. The major ones are State Route 190 and Scotty's Castle Road which intersect. To reach this marker from the intersection of State Route 190 and Scotty's Castle Road, take Scotty's Castle Road north for about three miles then turn left on unpaved Stovepipe Wells Road and travel about 4,000 feet to a small parking area. Marker is in this post office area: Death Valley CA 92328, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker Wagon Wheel History (approx. ¾ mile away); Burned Wagons Point (approx. 5.2 miles away); Road To Adventure (approx. 5.2 miles away); Eichbaum Toll Road (approx. 5.3 miles away); Keane Wonder Mine (approx. 9½ miles away); Borax (approx. 16.8 miles away); White Gold (approx. 16.8 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker appears to have an unusual typographical error - carved in stone, so to speak.
According to the book, California Historical Landmarks, published by the California Office of Historic Preservation in 1966, Old Stovepipe Wells is California Historic Landmark 826, not 726.
Landmark 726 is the Sebastian Store in San Luis Obispo County.
Regarding Old Stovepipe Wells. Stovepipe Wells was a life-saving source of water in the arid desert land of northern Death Valley.
These two shallow pits dug into the sandy floor were undoubtedly originally utilized by the Indian inhabitants of the valley prior to the memorable trek of the '49ers that opened the country to white penetration.
Originally unmarked, and its whereabouts often obscured by layers of blown sand, the well's location was probably first known only through word of mouth, making its detection by thirsty prospectors wandering up and down the valley
Eventually it occurred to some enterprising individual, who had access to the necessary materials, to stick a length of stovepipe a few feet into the water source and thus insure easy discovery of the site from all directions.
Source: National Park Service
Categories. • Exploration • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
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