Inyo County Points of Interest

Historic Point of Interest: A Panamint City Marker and Two Ballarat Markers A Panamint City Marker and Two Ballarat Markers
Panamint Range in Background
Seldom Seen Slim Seldom Seen Slim
Date Unknown
Courtesy of East California Museum
Historic Point of Interest: Seldom Seen Slim Gravesite
Seldom Seen Slim Gravesite
Historic Point of Interest: Seldom Seen Slim Gravesite Charles Ferge
"Seldom Seen Slim"
1889 - 1968
"Me Lonely? Hell, No!
I'm half coyote and half wild burro!"

All Photos 20 February 2007(Except Seldom Seen Slim)
(Click Photos to Zoom)

Ballarat Markers
Trona Wildrose Road at Ballarat Road
Mojave Desert Near Death Valley
Founded 1897

3½ Miles

Now a ghost town, Ballarat served nearby mining camps from 1897 to 1917. They produced nearly a million in gold. The jail & a few adobe ruins remain. Seldom Seen Slim, it's [sic] last resident, was buried in Boothill in 1968. It had a school but no church.

Post Office Spring ¼-mi south is where the Brier Party, some Jay Hawkers & 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 3-92 by Death Valley Escape Trail Conf. Trona Chapter


3½ miles east of this point lies Ballarat. Established in 1897 as a mining camp and supply center for the gold and silver mines located on the western slope of the Panamint Mountains. It was named after a well-known gold producing area in Australia. Boasting a population of nearly 500, it had a Wells Fargo Station, post office, school, jail, morgue, 3 hotels and 7 saloons. When the Ratcliff Mine suspended operations in 1905, Ballarat began to rapidly decline. After the post office closed in September of 1917 Ballarat became a ghost town.

Dedicated October 13, 2001 By
Death Valley '49ers, Inc.
Slim Princess Chapter 395 and Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069
E Clampus Vitus

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