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These local springs provided water for Native Americans and early travelers. Willow Springs was visited by Padre Garcés in 1776 while following the old Horse Thief Trail (later known as Joe Walker Trail) - Frémont stopped here in 1844, and the famished Jayhawk Party of 1850 found water here while struggling from Death Valley to Los Angeles. Still later, Willow Springs was a stage station of the Los Angeles-Havilah and Inyo Stage Lines. Most of the masonry buildings were built around 1900 by Ezra Hamilton. A post office operated at Willow Springs from 1909 to 1918














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