Burned Wagons Point
During the Gold Rush droves of people made their way westward. However, many did not realize how harsh the conditions would be as they traveled through the hot and dry Southwest. In 1849 a group of pioneers (dubbed Jaywalkers) decided walking the rest of the way to Central California would be easier than hauling wagons and animals. They burnt their wagons and killed some of the animals to make dried jerky and trekked the remaining distance on foot.