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Shorty Harris' Grave

photo of Shorty Harris and Jim Dayton grave in Death Valley
Dubious character and beloved gold hunter Shorty (Frank) Harris, before dying at age 78, asked that he be buried next to his friend Jim Dayton in Death Valley. He requested that the following epitaph be placed on his headstone;

Here lies Shorty Harris, a single blanket jackass prospector - 1856 - 1934

Also on the marker is written - To these trailmakers, whose courage matched the dangers of the land, this bit of Earth is dedicated forever.

Jim Dayton had died in 1898 of exposure enroute to buy supplies. He was buried where he was found.

Interesting to note thast these two men are buried deeper than anyone else--Shorty would have liked that.

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