National Geographic : 1954 Jun
818 Death Valley's Briny Pools Mirror the Snow-fringed Panamint Range A band of forty-niners, stranded in Death Valley's parched wastes, named this 2,000,000-acre tract of eastern California and southwestern Nevada. Uninhabited Badwater's name originated from a 1910 map note which warned travelers of a bitter, salty taste. The sign is no longer accurate: recent surveys show two lower spots (-282 feet) near by. Annual rainfall measures a mere 2.4 inches, chiefly in fall and winter. Furnace Creek, 17 miles north, registered the Nation's all-time record temperature of 134° F. in 1913.