Here are the significant things to see along the West Side Road in Death Valley.
Shorty Harris with his Jackass
|Nefarious character and beloved gold hunter Shorty Harris, before dying at age 78, asked that he be buried next to his friend Jim Dayton in Death Valley. He requested that the following epitaph be placed on his headstone;|
Here lies Shorty Harris, a single blanket jackass prospector - 1856 - 1934
Also on the marker is written - To these trailmakers, whose courage matched the dangers of the land, this bit of Earth is dedicated forever.
Jim Dayton had died in 1898 of exposure enroute to buy supplies. He was buried where he was found.
Original Dayton Grave Marker (at base of grave)