Pete Aguereberry’s Grave Site

The grave of Pete Aguereberry

The grave of Pete Aguereberry


Pete Aguereberry

The grave of the legendary Death Valley miner can be found in Lone Pine, CA at the Mt. Whitney Cemetery.

Pete Aguereberry was born in 1874 into a Basque family in France. When Pete was 16 years old he set sail for America, with the dream of becoming a California gold miner. Several years after landing in America, he worked odd jobs as a sheep herder, cattle driver, milk truck driver, ice delivery man, ranch hand, and handball player. In 1902, he landed in Goldfield, NV.

In 1905, he made his way to Death Valley. He almost died trying to cross the valley in the summer heat. Just a short time later he found himself crossing the Panamint Range with Shorty Harris on their way to a 4th of July celebration in Ballarat. Pete stumbled upon a gold-bearing ledge on the trek, and filed claims on the north side of the hill while Shorty Harris filed claims on the south side.

In less than one month, 20 men had begun working the area around Pete and Shorty’s claims. A camp sprung up, and went by the name Harrisburg. Pete spent the next 40 years of his life living and working his claim at Harrisburg.

He requested to be buried at Harrisburg, but the National Park Service denied his request. For more information on Harrisburg camp, read the Harrisburg entry on this website. To read more about Pete Aguereberry I recommend the biography, “Pete Aguerberry: Death Valley Prospector & Gold Miner” by George C. Pipkin.



About the author

Jim Mattern

Jim is a scapegoat for the NPS, an author, adventurer, photographer, radio personality, guide, and location scout. His interests lie in Native American and cultural sites, ghost towns, mines, and natural wonders in the American Deserts.