How Death Valley got its name

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Posted by James on January 21, 2004 at 11:10:38:

In Reply to: death valley posted by jack on January 21, 2004 at 07:31:21:

Jack: There is still some speculation about how the name Death Valley first came about; however, the story told by William Lewis Manly in his 1894 book Death Valley in '49 has held up. After Manly and his fellow hero Rogers trekked hundred of miles on foot from and back to Death Valley to find provisions and an escape route for the stranded Death Valley 49ers in 1849-50, as the group paused on Rogers Pass, one of the group waved a hand and declared "Good-bye, Death Valley!". Manly claims this is the first mention of the moniker. By the way, if you haven't read Manly's recount of his pioneer days and the Death Valley 49ers plight, it is a facinating literary journey written in the plain and simple language of the day. The work takes the reader back to the day, and is surely the best experience one can have to gain real appreciation and respect for Death Valley and surrounding areas. Click the link for an online opportunity to read the novel.

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