California Historical Landmarks in Inyo County

California Historical Landmark 442
Death Valley Gateway
State Route 190 and Badwater Road
Death Valley National Park

California Historical Landmark #442: Death Valley Gateway
Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort in Background

California Historical Landmark #442: Death Valley Gateway
20 February 2007
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Death Valley 49ers Gateway

Through this natural gateway the Death Valley Forty-Niners, more than 100 emigrants from the Middle West, seeking a shortcut to gold fields of central California, entered Death Valley, December, 1849. All suffered from thirst and starvation. Two contingents passed southward here, the others proceeded northward seeking to escape from region.

State Registered Landmark No. 442

Marker Placed By California Centennials Commission
Base Furnished By Death Valley 49ers, Inc.
Dedicated December 3, 1949

This plaque is one of a series commemorating the Forty-Niner Expedition through Death Valley. The other plaques are: Burned Wagons Point, Bennett-Arcane Long Camp and Valley Wells.
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