Mountains, rivers, canyons, and other places have usually been named by the person who discovered it
or named it after them self.
How Death Valley got its name.
In 1849 a band of ‘49ers heading for the California gold fields got separated in Death Valley. It cost them their wagons, oxen, and almost their lives. Two men left them on the valley floor and hiked 250 miles to Los Angeles to get help and back again. After months of suffering a woman member of the party, leaving the lowest and hottest place, looked back and muttered;
“Goodbye, Death Valley!” – giving this place its name.
How Badwater Basin got its name.
The lowest point in the valley always has a pond of water even in the driest time. Miners passing through the area would stop at every source of water and fill their canteens and mules. When they stopped at this pond the water was very salty and not good to drink.
They made a sign “Bad Water” and also marked it on their maps. – giving this place its name.
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