From the plaque:
Near this spot the Bennett-Arcane
contingent of the Death Valley forty-niners, emigrants from
the Middle West seeking a shortcut to California gold
fields, were stranded for a month and almost perished
from starvation. William Lewis Manley and John Rogers,
young members of the party, made a heroic journey on foot
to San Fernando and, returning with supplies, led the
party to the safety of San Francisquito Rancho near Newhall.
Marker placed by California Centennials Commission. Base furnished by Death Valley 49ers, Inc. Dedicated December 3, 1949.