Item #010168 [Circa 1850] 1950 – Photographs and description of graffiti left in Greenwater Canyon by an early traveler through Death Valley, perhaps by a member of the lost 1849 Death Valley Wagon Train which wandered through this area. J. Wade.
[Circa 1850] 1950 – Photographs and description of graffiti left in Greenwater Canyon by an early traveler through Death Valley, perhaps by a member of the lost 1849 Death Valley Wagon Train which wandered through this area
[Circa 1850] 1950 – Photographs and description of graffiti left in Greenwater Canyon by an early traveler through Death Valley, perhaps by a member of the lost 1849 Death Valley Wagon Train which wandered through this area

[Circa 1850] 1950 – Photographs and description of graffiti left in Greenwater Canyon by an early traveler through Death Valley, perhaps by a member of the lost 1849 Death Valley Wagon Train which wandered through this area

Death Valley, California: [Circa 1850] 1950.

This lot consists of a one-page letter from the National Park Service at Death Valley National Monument, dated 17 February 1950, and two photographs of graffiti that read, “J W ADE”. The letter is signed L. F. Kellar, “Death Valley National Monument Park Naturalist” L. F. Keller. The photographs were mounted on a piece of bond paper with cello tape that has discolored over time.

The letter reads in part:

“On February 16, 1950, Mr. C. E. Choucher . . . directed us to the site in Greenwater Canyon where he located last week an inscription which he reported as ‘C Wade’. “The inscription was ‘J Wade’ located 1.4 mile northeast of the petroglyphs and 6.9 miles southwest of the Lila C. Mine on a great vertical volcanic breccia 50 feet west of the road. . ..

“The inscription seems to be old and could antedate 100 years. The letters are chiseled ¼ to ½ inches deep in the volcanic breccia, 6 inches height, and the entire name is 24 inches long. . ..

“Since there is not a ‘J Wade’ listed as a member of the Bennett-Arcan Party, there is not any apparent concrete evidence to indicate that the inscription was made by the 49’ers. The record of the 49’ers does contain, however. Many ‘J.W’s. . ..”

. Very good. Item #010168

The two black and white vernacular snap shots clearly show the graffiti, one up close and the other from a distance.

Distances to the inscription from various landmarks are docketed on the front of the letter, one table in pencil and the other typed; distances from the same landmark differ between them.

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Price: $100.00

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