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National Park Service News Release

For Immediate Release:
December 12, 2012
Contact(s):   Cheryl Chipman, 760-786-3207

Kat Kirby, 202-208-6843

Death Valley National Park -- This week’s National Park Getaway

DEATH VALLEY, Calif. – Tumpisha–what a wonderful sounding name for a national park–or at least it would have been. The Timbisha Shoshone Indians have lived in Death Valley for tens of thousands of years. To them the land is full of life and began at Ubehebe Crater.

However, it was a group of gold seeking '49ers who stumbled into Death Valley in the winter of 1849-50 who would give this place its infamous name. As the last of the remaining survivors climbed from the depths of the lowest place in North America one proclaimed, “Goodbye, Death Valley!” Read more

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