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Death Valley Time Machine: '49ers Encampment

Early gold-seekers are remembered near Furnace Creek.



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    Death Valley '49ers
    Death Valley, circa 1849: History-minded cowpokes and 19th-century proper gentlefolk make for the national park to remember the Gold Rush. Dates? Nov. 5 through 9.

    AS FOR NOT SLEEPING UNDER THE STARS?The Ranch at Furnace Creek has a package on that includes a souvenir program, a ranch BBQ dinner, and some other goodies, with some asterisks (like you have to stay for at least three nights). As for the encampment itself? It's rootin' and, yep, it is tootin', and it is year 65. So look for a horseshoe contest, Western art, twangy tunes played live, and a bunch of ye old merriment, with a California-meets-Gold-Rush flavor. How did everyone cross Death Valley back in the day? And did they dream of the future? Well, yes to that, though whether those early travelers pondered 2014, specifically, may be lost to the proverbial sands of time.