Named by John C. Fremont in 1848
The party split up at Walker Lake, Nevada.
Fremont, Carson, and Owens crossed the Sierra via Donner Pass.
Walker, Kern and others went south and crossed
via Walker Pass. 'To one of the lakes along their route on the east
side of the range I gave Owens' name.' (Fremont, Memoirs, 1887,
455.) Thus the lake was named first. 'Owens River' also appears on
Preuss's map of 1848. The names of the valley, the peak, and the point are
derived from the lake. The man for whom they were named never saw any of
- Peter Browning, Place Names of the Sierra Nevada
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