City of Rocks
A vast display of towering granite rocks
(16 miles southeast of here) atracted
eimgrants who were on their way to California.
A gold rush visitor, July 14, 1849, reported that
"you can imagine among those massive piles, church
domes, spires, pyramids, ... with a little fancying you
can see [anything] from the Capitol at Washington
to a lowly thatched cottage." Emigrants who
never had seen anything like that before were
impressed by so many "rocks of the most
singular shapes." City of Rocks is a National
Historic Landmark as well as a
National Natural Landmark.