So did the brave Death Valley 49ers...sort of...
Posted by Last Chance Rand on March 27, 2002 at 11:08:40:
In Reply to: wasert posted by wammy on March 27, 2002 at 08:36:08:
Our friends Jean & LeRoy Johnson, noted Death Valley historians, write in our "Death Valley Gold" pages:
The '49ers drove oxen into the valley in the first days of 1850, and the hard-used animals were in as poor condition as were their human masters. These tired animals had pulled heavy wagons for thousands of miles, much of it over roadless country, through sand, and over mountains. The deserts offered them poor feed and worse water, and their ox shoes had worn through. The lucky ones wore oxhide moccasins made from the hide of a brethren slaughtered for food. Reverend Brier said of the oxen: "When we cut them up, we found their bones had no marrow in----nothing but blood and water. Their flesh was poison, covered with yellow slime. We lived on the hides, boiled."