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.
When they discovered its salty nature, they
turned northward and westward in despair,
and with travail crossed Argus and other
mountains to reach settlements of central
and southern California.
State Registered Landmark No. 443
Marker placed by California Centennials Commission,
base furnished by Death Valley 43ers Inc.
Dedicated December 3, 1949