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Shorty Harris

Photo of Shorty Harris
1860 - 1934

Prospector Shorty Harris said he could "smell gold." He was in on the discovery of both Rhyolite and Harrisburg.

Frank “Shorty” Harris

At only 5 feet tall, Frank Harris gained the nickname “Shorty.” Harris was a long-time Death Valley prospector and a partner in strikes in Bullfrog and Rhyolite, Nevada. He is remembered in the naming of Harrisburg. Regional history is replete with anecdotal stories of Harris’s activities and antics; he appears to have personified the stock image of a reclusive desert dweller. He is among those desert prospectors who, though never finding fortune, nevertheless eked out a living from prospecting and small-scale desert mining. He died in 1934 and was buried in Death Valley.

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