1949 Celebration Pioneer Family Members

A big THANK YOU to all of the volunteers, presenters and guests for making the 2023 Encampment a success.

We can not thank Jim Marsh, Curt, Fred and the rest of the staff at Longstreet Inn and Casino for opening their “home” and hearts to us.  We truly felt welcomed and taken care of the entire time.

We also share gratitude with the entire Amargosa Valley and Pahrump Communities for supporting our event and partnering in our mission to preserve the history of the area for generations to come.

Check out the event photos under Encampment 2023!

See you next year at the 75th Anniversary Encampment.


Please click the POST ENCAMPMENT SURVEY button below to provide your feedback on how the event went.  We are already starting planning for our 75th Anniversary celebration so your feedback is important to us.


The Death Valley ’49ers organization has been instrumental in preserving the history and natural beauty of one of nature’s most awe-inspiring wild places since 1949. When you join the Death Valley ’49ers you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to expand public awareness of Death Valley, protecting and preserving it for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Your membership also helps to award college scholarships to local graduating seniors and fund educational programs presented by the National Park Service and the Death Valley Natural History Association.

We encourage you to explore our website and learn more about the organization and Death Valley.


Message from the Chairperson
Robert Whipple

The Death Valley ‘49ers encampment has always been a place to gather and make new friends, spend quality time with old friends, and enjoy a week or so without interruption from the outside world. I could never say enough to express my sincere appreciation for what the ‘49ers have given me. It has been my distinct privilege and honor to be part of this organization.


David Blacker, Vice Chairperson
Henry Golas, Director
Janette Jensen, Director/Secretary
E’va Rene’e Beaty, Treasurer
Cal Steibel, Director