Las Tinajas de Los Indios

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Las Tinajas de Los Indios
Indian Tanks
Las Tinajas de Los Indios is located in California
Las Tinajas de Los Indios
Location of Las Tinajas de Los Indios in California.[1]
Highest point
Elevation 780 m (2,560 ft)
Etymology Spanish
Native name Las Tinajas de Los Indios
Country United States
State California
District Kern County
Range coordinates 35°41′N 120°00′W / 35.68°N 120°W / 35.68; -120Coordinates: 35°41′N 120°00′W / 35.68°N 120°W / 35.68; -120
Topo map USGS Emigrant Hill

Las Tinajas de Los Indios, or "Indian Tanks", are tinajas located in the sandstone heights of the Point of Rocks on the north side of Antelope Valley in Kern County, California.[2]


Las Tinajas de Los Indios (The Jars of the Indians), later called "Indian Tanks", was as its name suggests, the site of an Indian encampment. The tops of the Point of Rocks, sandstone rock formations, have tinajas, (jars in Spanish), natural basins that acted as reservoirs or cisterns to hold the water that collected during the winter rains and held it throughout the summer.[2]

These tinajas bear evidence of having been improved by the Indians. Deeply worn steps have been cut into the rock leading down to the water. Indian mortars, rock writings, and other evidence have been found about the rocks that show this was a prehistoric encampment. Later it was a watering place on El Camino Viejo, between Aquaja de la Brea to the north and seven miles from Corral de Matarano at Arroyo de Matarano to the south.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b Mildred Brooke Hoover, Historic spots in California, Stanford University Press, Stanford, 1990, p.124
  2. ^ a b c Frank F. Latta, El Camino Viejo á Los Angeles - The Oldest Road of the San Joaquin Valley; Bear State Books, Exeter, 2006, pp. 10-11; Reprint of the 1936 work by Frank F. Latta, of an address he delivered before the Kern County Historical Society, February 20, 1933, and published by it as its second annual publication, in 1936.