Burnt Wagons, California

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Burnt Wagons
Former settlement
The Burnt Wagons Monument
The Burnt Wagons Monument
Coordinates: 36°36′24″N 117°08′46″W / 36.60675°N 117.14617°W / 36.60675; -117.14617Coordinates: 36°36′24″N 117°08′46″W / 36.60675°N 117.14617°W / 36.60675; -117.14617
CountryUnited States
CountyInyo County
Official nameBurned Wagons Point[1]
Reference no.441

Burnt Wagons is a former settlement in Inyo County, California, near Stovepipe Wells.[2] It was located in Death Valley 7 miles (11 km) northwest of Death Valley Junction.[2] The name recalls the emigrants of 1849 who abandoned and burnt their wagons at the site.[2] The site is now registered as California Historical Landmark #441.[1] The monument's plaque[3][4] reads:


Near this monument, the Jayhawker group of Death Valley Forty-Niners, gold seekers from Middle West, who entered Death Valley in 1849 seeking short route to the mines of central California, burned their wagons, dried the meat of some oxen and, with surviving animals, struggled westward on foot.

Marker placed by California Centennials Commission.
Base furnished by Death Valley '49ers, Inc.
Dedicated December 3rd, 1949

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Burned Wagons Point". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-07.
  2. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 1159. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ http://photos.historical-markers.org/California/Inyo-County/CA441-Burned-Wagons-Point
  4. ^ http://www.deathvalley49ers.org/monuments/