Stovepipe Wells was an old mining stopover deep in the heart of Death Valley. It began in the early 1900s as a source of water and rest stop for the miners. The area got its name from the stovepipe that was inserted in the ground at the only water source in the area. This well would often become covered with sand from the constant winds and the pipe gave away the location from the shifting sands.
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Stovepipe well in the back and the monument indication.
The wild flowers were just beginning to pop. The next two weeks would have been the peak.
The supposed grave of poor Nolan – a victim of the elements. Some Internet sites claim this grave
is a publicity stunt built by a movie company many years ago, but it doesn’t matter, it’s so Death Valley.