From the plaque:
Near this monument, the Jayhawker
group of Death Valley '49ers, gold seekers from the Middle
West who entered Death Valley in 1849 seeking a short
route to the mines of central California, burned their
wagons, dried the meat of some oxen and, with surviving
animals, struggled westward on foot.
Marker placed by California Centennials Commission. Base furnished by Death Valley 49'ers, Inc. Dedicated December 3, 1949.