Valley Wells, California

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Valley Wells
Valley Wells is located in California
Valley Wells
Valley Wells
Location in California
Valley Wells is located in the United States
Valley Wells
Valley Wells
Valley Wells (the United States)
Coordinates: 35°49′42″N 117°19′54″W / 35.82833°N 117.33167°W / 35.82833; -117.33167Coordinates: 35°49′42″N 117°19′54″W / 35.82833°N 117.33167°W / 35.82833; -117.33167
Country United States
State California
CountyInyo County
Area
 • Total10.737 sq mi (27.809 km2)
 • Land10.669 sq mi (27.632 km2)
 • Water0.068 sq mi (0.177 km2)  0.64%
Elevation1,749 ft (533 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total0
 • Density0.0/sq mi (0.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
GNIS feature IDs1661620; 2408400
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Valley Wells, California; U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Valley Wells, California
Reference no.443
Paleo wetland deposits at Valley Wells

Valley Wells is a census-designated place[3] in Inyo County, California.[2] It lies at an elevation of 1,749 ft (533 m).[2] Prior to 2010, for census purposes it was part of Homewood Canyon-Valley Wells CDP. The 2010 census reported that population was zero.[4] The town is now registered as California Historical Landmark #443; in 1849, several groups of midwestern emigrants settled here to secure water from nearby Searles Lake.[5][6]

The California Historical Landmark reads:

NO. 443 VALLEY WELLS - In this area, several groups of midwestern emigrants who had escaped from hazards and privations in Death Valley in 1849 sought to secure water from Searles Lake. They turned northward and westward in despair when they discovered its salty nature, and with great difficulty crossed the Argus and other mountains to reach settlements of Central and Southern California. [7]


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References[edit]

  1. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files - Places - California". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Valley Wells, California
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Valley Wells, California
  4. ^ "2010 Census P.L. 94-171 Summary File Data". United States Census Bureau.
  5. ^ "Valley Wells". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-07.
  6. ^ nps.gov The Lost '49ers
  7. ^ californiahistoricallandmarks.com # 443