Memory Lane ...

Memory Lane ...Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Inyokern in a photo taken sometime between 1939 and 1941. Black Mountain is barely visible in the background just to the left of center. The photo is by Howard Whitmore of Hollywood, who was a member of CCC Company 3223. Among the tasks performed by this company was construction of the memorial to Father John J. Crowley, who died in a 1940 accident on this same highway (previously 6, now 14), a few miles south of the area depicted. CCC also built stock tanks and corrals at four sites on what is now the base. One of the buildings pictured used to be a latrine, and traces can still be seen at the location near Indian Wells Lodge. The location also plays a historic role in our history, as it was where the Jayhawker Party famously found water here in 1849 on their way through Death Valley. — Photo courtesy of the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert

Story First Published: 2019-05-24