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As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Death Valley ’49ers organization relies upon its members and the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations to provide needed support for our programs and operations.  Please join us in preserving Death Valley’s rich past for the future by making a contribution today.

When you donate to the Death valley ’49ers, your gift will help support us in our efforts to:

  • Expand public awareness of Death Valley and its environs.
  • Foster appreciation of Death Valley as a rare desert environment.
  • Provide college scholarships to students from the Death Valley area.
  • Promote the history of the 1849-50 California bound Death Valley wagon train.
  • Produce the annual Death Valley ’49ers Encampment.
  • Provide funding for Death Valley National park improvement projects.
  • Provide funding for Death Valley educational programs.

Thank you for your contribution!

Desolation Canyon Trail Sign

Death Valley ‘49ers Board Member/Secretary Janette Jensen is working with the National Park Service at Death Valley National Park in creating and installing a permanent trail sign at Desolation Canyon.  The sign will acknowledge the location of the 1949 California Centennial Celebration and the vision that became the Death Valley ‘49ers organization 75 years ago.  From this first event, the annual encampment was born that we continue to enjoy.

The interpretive sign will include photos and historical information for park visitors to imagine thousands of people in the canyon for the pageant and celebration.

We are currently fundraising for this $7,000 project and donations can be made by clicking on the donate button above.