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Father Crowley Point

(2001 photo)

This scenic point provides panoramic views of the northern end of the Panamint Valley in Death Valley National Park. Named after Father John Crowley, Padre of the desert

The inscription on the monument reads:
From the snowy heights of the Sierras beyond the deep shadows of Death Valley beloved and trusted by people of all faiths he led them toward life's wider horizons.

Father John Crowley, also known as the "Padre of the desert," was a significant figure in the religious landscape of the early 20th century. Born in 1891, he dedicated his life to serving the spiritual needs of those living in the harsh and unforgiving desert regions.

Throughout his ministry, Father Crowley demonstrated unwavering commitment and compassion towards the communities he served. Recognizing the unique challenges faced by those living in remote desert areas, he tirelessly worked to provide both spiritual guidance and practical support. He became a symbol of hope and inspiration to the people in these isolated regions.

Father Crowley's mission was not an easy one. The desert presented numerous obstacles, including extreme weather conditions and geographical barriers. However, he embraced these challenges as opportunities to deepen his own faith and bring solace to others. He established churches, organized religious gatherings, and provided pastoral care to those in need.

Santa Rosa Church - Lone Pine, California (Eastern California Museum photo)

One of Father Crowley's most notable achievements was the establishment of Santa Rosa Church in Lone Pine, California. This church became a sanctuary for the local community, serving as a place of worship and a hub for social activities. Father Crowley's presence and influence transformed the lives of countless individuals, who found solace and guidance within the walls of Santa Rosa Church.

In addition to his religious duties, Father Crowley was also a champion for social justice. He fought for the rights of Native Americans and advocated for their fair treatment. His commitment to equality and compassion extended beyond the confines of his ministry, demonstrating his unwavering dedication to improving the lives of the marginalized and oppressed.

Tragically, Father John Crowley's life was cut short in 1940. However, his legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of those who were touched by his presence. The Padre of the desert continues to inspire future generations to embrace courage, faith, and compassion, reminding us of the transformative power of love and service.

Father John Crowley's unwavering commitment to serving the spiritual needs of those in the desert regions remains an enduring testament to the power of faith and the resilience of the human spirit. His legacy continues to inspire and influence countless individuals, both within and beyond the religious community. May his memory forever serve as a beacon of hope and a reminder of the transformative impact one individual can have in the lives of others.


Father Crowley

Lone Pine

Owens Valley

Eastern Sierra

State Route 190

Father John Crowley - 1891 - 1940

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