Visit Date: October 10, 2015
I can't count the number of times I'd driven by the California Landmark sign on 395, just north of Lone Pine, Cal. without stopping to investigate. It always intrigued me. Finally, it pulled me in and I stopped to see what I could find.
To read the full 1894 account, click HERE.
Imagine. 2:30 am, you're asleep in your adobe or stone residence. And one of the largest earthquakes to ever hit California smashes you awake. 52 of the 59 homes in town are immediately destroyed and 27 residents killed. The shaking was felt as far north as Sacramento and as far south as San Diego. Had the Richter Scale existed, the quake would have measured between 7.6 and 8.0 in magnitude.
Sixteen of the twenty-seven killed were buried in this mass grave, reportedly in fifteen coffins. One coffin held a mother and her infant child.
I don't like earthquakes and I'm glad I've never felt one of this magnitude. I hope I never do.