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Death Valley in ‘49

The original account of pioneers traveling west and confronting the harshness of California’s deserts is found in Death Valley in ’49. The book shares a first-hand account by William Lewis Manly, who as a younger man had joined up with one of the original groups of pioneers heading west from Utah in search of gold. In the recounting of their travels, the unprepared group decides to take a shortcut and winds up trapped in Death Valley, surrounded by tall mountain ranges; weakened from lack of food and water and unsure how to escape the desert, they send two emissaries from their group to try and find help.

Manly and a friend, John Haney Rogers, escaped the desert and walked for two weeks, managing to make it to a rancho near Los Angeles where they obtained supplies to rescue the stranded party. When they are preparing to leave for the return trip to Death Valley, the señora of the rancho, having learned that there are four children among the stranded party, gives the men four oranges to take back to them. Manly and Rogers return and rescue the stranded pioneers, who are somewhat surprised that the rescuers came back for them at all.

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