Now a ghost town, Ballarat served nearby mining camps
from 1897 to 1917. They produced nearly a million in gold. The jail
& a few adobe ruins remain. Seldom Seen Slim, it's last resident, was
buried in Boot Hill in 1968. It had a school but no church.
Post Office Spring 1/4-mile south is where the Brier Party, some
Jay Hawkers & other 49ers came in their escape from Death Valley
in Jan. 1850.
On Sunday morn at 3 AM, March 22, 1908, a car in the worlds
longest race, a Thomas Flyer, arrived in Ballarat. It won the
New Yort to Paris race, covering 13,341 miles in 167 days. The car
is now in Harrah's Museum in Reno.
Erected 3-92 by Death Valley Escape Trail Conf. Trona Chapter.