Death Valley Army Camp,
|One time, at Band
Camp (oops that's another story).
Owens Valley ranchers and miners appealed to the government for help with
fighting the local Paiute Indians. The government responded by sending solders
from Fort Tejon. The troops arrived on July 4,1862 and setup camp on Oak Creek
in Owens Valley, they raised the flag and named their camp in honor of the
soldiers of Camp Independence would escape the hot summers of Owens Valley here at the higher
elevation of "Soldiers Summer Camp".
This historic Army Camp is now protected as part of the expansion of Death Valley National Park.
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