John’s Wash Arborglyphs

Forest meadow.

Most of the historical relics I find on my hikes are from the booming mining industries of the early 1900s which dominated the Nevada landscape but there were other activities going on at the time. Ranching was just as important as mining to the early settlers and sheepherding was a part of that effort. Basque sheepherders from the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain came to Nevada during this time and found good pasture.
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Robidoux Inscription and Pictographs

On a late autumn day in 1837, a fur trapper from Santa Fe, Antoine Robidoux, stopped along a narrow canyon in the Territorio de Alta California (what is present day Utah).  Beaver pelts were surprisingly lucrative at the time and, as hard it is to believe today, the Uinta River was a haven for them.
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Bald Mountain Wash Petroglyphs

Cowboy signatures.

Brownie Sam and Emmett Rosse, two Shoshone cowboys, stopped alongside this huge volcanic boulder in late October of 1932. It is a place where their ancestors had camped many times. The ancients had carved numerous symbols on this rock, they decided they would too. They stood on the backs of their horses and added their names to the record above the petroglyphs below.
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Jayhawker Spring Petroglyphs, Death Valley National Park

That's Jayhawker Spring.

The Jayhawkers are famous for their harrowing journey through the unexplored lands of Death Valley in 1849 on their way to reach the fabled gold fields of California’s Mother Lode. They made it, but only after burning their wagons and ditching some of their possessions. They are likely the first white people to set foot in the vast alkali valley and are credited for giving Death Valley its name.
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Marble Bath, Death Valley National Park

The entrance to the real Marble Bath.

There is a place way out in the backcountry of Death Valley National Park called Marble Bath. Actually, it is two places.

Why there are two Marble Baths is a bit of a story. The real Marble Bath is a narrow marble canyon that contains some potholes (also called tinajas) that usually hold water long after it rains. These are the only semi-reliable source of water for many miles in an otherwise very arid stretch of desert. They don’t call this Death Valley for nothin’, ya’ know.
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“Inscription Fork” of Lemoigne Canyon, Death Valley National Park

J La Moigne.  Not sure if this is really old but it looks it.

Bill leds Dan and I to a fork of Lemoigne Canyon out in Death Valley that has a few historical inscriptions. It is hard to know if they are real or not but it is a interesting and seldom seen area.
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Eagle Cliff Mine, Joshua Tree National Park

Kitchen area of this one room cabin.

Back in 2000, we decided to hunt down a small rock shelter that a prospector built into the jumbo rocks of Joshua Tree National Park. We couldn’t find this place the first time, but were successful the second time out. What a neat little hidden spot it is. If you head out there, please respect the place and leave everything there for the next explorer to discover. Removing anything is illegal.
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Blue Jay Mine, Death Valley National Park

The Blue Jay (Queen) mine.

The majority of my trips in 2008 had been out to the more remote parts of Death Valley and this one was no exception. I met up with my dad and Dan for a challenging hike to an old mine site. The hike took us about 8 hours round-trip to cover about eight miles of rough terrain.
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Rood Rock, Death Valley National Park

"W B Rood 1849"

While out wandering around in the wilds of Death Valley National Park, we found a historic inscription by William Rood, who was part of the Jayhawkers escaping Death Valley in 1849. There is some debate as to if the inscription was really made in 1849 or later on a return visit a few years later. Also, I added a photo of an old AAA sign that is very close by. The sign is probably a reproduction but still a rare find. These used to be all over the desert. Only a few of them survive today.
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Petroglyph Butte

Another photo of the very complex main panel.

We have visited this site a couple of times over the years. The first time was in 2003 with Cat and Brad. We stopped by again in 2011 and the site looked mostly unchanged. This place is way out in the middle of nowhere.
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