Inyo County Points of Interest
Ballarat was born in eighteen ninety seven following the discovery of the Radcliff Mine in Pleasant Canyon. Its namesake was the famous gold city in Victoria Australia. It was never a very large town. It served Panamint Valley and Death Valley as a miners supply and recreation center. Ballarat's colorful life ebbed with the closing of the post office in 1917
The prospector, Seldom Seen Slim, is buried in Ballarat.
In the 1960s, Charles Manson and the "Manson Family" of killers moved into a ranch south of Ballarat, and left graffiti in the town.
The 1969 movie Easy Rider has a scene filmed in Ballarat; after arriving in the town, Peter Fonda's character, Wyatt, removes his Rolex watch and throws it away before he and Dennis Hopper's character, Billy, head east on their motorcycles towards New Orleans.
After a brief opening scene in Ballarat, Fonda and Hopper head out through some of the most scenic roads in the American West ending in Monument Valley accompanied by the Band' recording of The Weight.