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Ray DeLea
(aka: the Pigmy Packer circa 1969)

What is this site all about?

1. The telling in words and pictures of one of the Eastern Sierra's most incredible mule packing outfits - Mt. Whitney Pack Trains which operated out of Lone Pine, CA from the 1940s through the early 1970s.

2. The history of Owens Valley towns, pioneering families, and individual people who made Owens Valley what it is today.

3. Stories of mining camps and surrounding areas affecting mining in the mountains surrounding Owens Valley.

4. Stories and photos about the Sierra Nevada Mountains (The Range of Light that is like none other), the personalities who enjoyed them in the past and who are part of the lore we relish to hear about today.


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Mt. Whitney and the Eastern Sierra crest as seen from Thunder Mountain.
(Photograph by Mike Porter - 1977)


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Entries since 08 June 2013- The Sierra Lady Pack Station (Sam Lewis Pack Station)
Entries since 16 June 2013- Ed Brown: Mt. Whitney Pack Trains Packer and Cowboy Poet
Entries since 02 September 2013- "Five Weeks in the High Sierras" by Ted Bates
Entries since 02 September 2013- At the Movies - Movie Production in Lone Pine
Entries since 18 November 2013 - Tuttle Creek Ashram
Entries since 27 November 2013 - Duane Rossi Cowboy Poet
Entries since 15 February 2014 - Little Lake
Entries since 18 February 2014 - Irene Kritz - Cook, Packer, Cowgirl, & Author
Entries since o4 July 2014 - At the Movies - Movie Production in Lone Pine
Entries since 04 July 2014 - At the Movies - Movie Production in Lone Pine
Entries since 16 July 2014 - At the Movies - Movie Production in Lone Pine
Entries since 15 November 2014 - At the Movies - Movie Production in Lone Pine
Entries since 04 December 2014 - At the Movies - Movie Production in Lone Pine
Entries since 15 December 2014 - At the Movies - Movie Production in Lone Pine
Entries since 24 December 2014 - At the Movies - Movie Production in Lone Pine
Entries since 17 January 2015 - At the Movies - Movie Production in Lone Pine
Entries since 02 February 2015 - More from the Mary Jefferson Archives
Entries since 19 February 2015 - More from the Mary Jefferson Archives
Entries since 12 April 2015 - More from the Mary Jefferson Archives
Entries since 14 June 2015 - The Album: Times and Tales of Inyo - Mono
Entries since 03 July 2015 - Completely revamped and many new Owens Valley Brochures
Entries since 04 July 2015 - Coso Hot Springs and Coso Junction
Entries since 08 July 2015 - Owens Valley and Owens Lake



Entries since 19 May 2013 - Mt. Whitney Pack Trains Old Carroll Creek Trail
Entries since 23 June 2013 - Los Angeles Aqueduct Workers circa 1920: Walt Disney
Entries since 23 June 2013 - Campers in Death Valley
Entries since 18 July 2013 - Early Mt. Whitney Pack Trains
Entries since 20 July 2013 - Campfire Smoke and Trail Dust (See below on this page)
Entries since 20 July 2013 - Early Lone Pine
Entries since 27 September 2013 - Golden Trout Season (story)
Entries since 05 October 2013 - Sam Lewis Journal
Entries since 30 November 2013 - Owens Valley Aqueduct
Entries since 08 February 2014 - Saline Valley Salt Company
Entries since 08 February 2014 - Woody Raper Cafe - Olancha
Entries since 08 April 2014 - 20 Mule Team Photos by Merilee Mitchell
Entries since 10 May 2014 - 100 Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct
Entries since 12 June 2014 - 2009 Mt. Whitney Packers Reunion Photo
Entries since 12 June 2014 - "My Owens Valley" photos revamped.
Entries since 04 July 2014 - "Monache Tour 1925" by Rena Beth Moore

Entries since 04 July 2014 - "Monache Tour 1925" by Rena Beth Moore
Entries since 04 July 2014 - "Monache Tour 1925" by Rena Beth Moore
Entries since 16 July 2014 - Lone Pine Saloon
Entries since 04 September 2014 - One Packer's High Sierra Experience ... Page 1 REFORMATTED
Entries since 11 October 2014 - One Packer's High Sierra Experience ... Page 2 REFORMATTED
Entries since 30 January 2015 - New Hiroshi Honda Painting: Bokkotsu on Silk
Entries since 03 March 2015 - Aberdeen
Entries since 07 May 2015 - Los Angeles Aqueduct
Entries since 04 July 2015 - Darwin
Entries since 07 July 2015 - Keeler
Entries since 07 July 2015 - Little Lake
Entries since 11 July 2015 - Los Angeles Aqueduct in Owens Valley
Entries since 25 July 2015 - Caroline Gardner's 20-Mule Team
Entries since 28 July 2015 - Tunnel Air Station


Site navigation: You may navigate through this web site by returning to home and clicking on one of the buttons below or by using the arrows at the bottom of each page. The arrows will point you to the next three or prevous three pages of site information. New additions to the site are always featured above.


Owens Valley History Index

Mt. Whitney Pack Trains (MWPT)
Owens Valley History
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button Bruce Morgan Memories

button Bruce Morgan's 20-Mule Team

Chrysler and Cook Brochure

button Chrysler & Cook Days

button Duane Rossi: Cowboy Poet

button Ed Brown - Packer & Cowboy Poet

button Irene Kritz - Cook, Packer, Author

button Mary Jefferson Archives

button Monache Meadows Cowboys

button Morgans, The

button MWPT - 1930s & 1940s

button MWPT Packers - 1940s - 1970s

button MWPT Reunions

button MWPT Roster of Packers

button One Packer's Sierra Experience

button Packer's Books / Publications

button Packing, 50 Years Ago

button Sierra Club "High Trips" - 1946 - 1972

button To Top of Mt. Whitney" by Rena Moore

button Aberdeen

button Big Pine

button Bishop

button Carson & Colorado RR

button Casa Diablo & Hot Creek

button Cerro Gordo

button Coso Hot Springs

button Darwin

button El Camino Sierra

button Golden Trout Camp

button Independence

button Keeler

button Keough's Hot Springs

button Little Lake

button Lone Pine

button Manzanar Internment Camp

button Manzanar - Town

button Mt. Whitney Trail

button Near Owens Valley

button Olancha

button Owens Valley & Owens Lake

button Rex Montis Mine

button Sherman Stevens' Sawmill

button Tunnel Airfield

button Burton Frasher

Desert Padre (Fr. John J. Crowley)

George Brown, Native American

Hiroshi Honda

Jim Thorpe, Native American

John H. Lubken

Mary Austin

button Matlicks

button Norman Clyde

button Olds Family of Keeler

button Sam Lewis

button Sierra Lady Pack Station

button Willie Chalfant

button Wonacotts

button 20 Mule Team History

button 1903 Sierra Club High Trip

button Allie Robinson Pack Trains

button Aparejo Packing in the Sierras

button Bessie Brady Steamer

button Black Jed - B24 Bomber

button CG Portal

button Death Valley Sketches

button Ghosts of Past 1 - 20 Mule Team

button High Sierra Pack Stations

button High sierra Panoramas

button Lone Pine-to-Porterville High Sierra Road

button Movie Production in Owens Valley

button Night Ride

button Owens Valley Aqueduct

button Owens Valley Brochures

button Packing Equipment

button Saline-to-Owens Valley Tram

Sawdust Magazine

Sierra Nevada Crossing

Sierra Nevada Place Names

Sierra Nevada Wildflowers

button Stories: High Sierra

button Stories: Owens Valley

button Stories: Packing Stories

button The Album: Times & Tales of Inyo - Mono


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Owens Valley - looking southwest from the Inyo Mountains near Harkless Flat. Tinemaha Reservor in the foreground.


Mt. Whitney Pack Trains, Vintage Photo Request



Attention ... you must see this!

Flight over Owens Valley and the High Sierra
Flight over Mammoth Lakes Area

Flight over the California Basin and Range Province
Other flights
by Dr. William A. Bowen



 Mt. Whitney Pack Trains History [pdf]
by Charles Morgan


Owens Valley History readers, it's time to put on your thinking cap, we all need your help. Many vistors have left me with unsolved questions, mysteries, etc. regarding people, places, and events that have occurred in Owens Valley. Please take the time to look at this new page on the website and see if you might have the answer to some of the readers questions. If you have any information at all please e-mail the individual with your comments.

The Internet Wayback Machine

East and Drive U.S. 395
east and drive 395


Index to USGS Topo Maps


In search of Owens Valley Ancestory? The following Inyo County website might be your answer.
Courtesy of Pam in Bishop, CA

  Inyo County Gen Web

Hey all of you desert lovers!
All of the issues of Desert Magazine, starting with 1937, are now online for you viewing pleasure.
Many thanks to Rocko for making this wonderful magazine available to all of us desert rats once again.

Many thanks to the Backcountry Horsemen of California for their continuing efforts over the decades to help preserve the Sierra Nevada and keep it open to livestock. They strive to promote conservation and the awareness of the benefit of livestock in the backcountry. In addition I, in particular, am thankful that they strive to keep everyone appraised of those, who through misguided legislation or self interests, would try to ban livestock from the mountain range packers not only opened to the public, but who also made us aware of the importance of preserving that same country. It is indeed ironic that it has been those on two feet with easy road-end access to the Sierra, and not four, who have contaminated nearly every stream and lake in the Sierra with giardia.


Many heartfelt thanks to all of the packers, Owens Valley pioneers, and friends who have so generously contributed to this site in pictures and words so that others might share in the experiences that God has so graciously granted to them!


Share the experiences you have had:

If you have pictures of people/places which you would like posted on this site please e-mail me for posting instructions. Please try to include the following information with each picture or story (if you can recall):

  • The date the picture was taken (month/year)
  • The place the picture was taken
  • The names of any people in the picture
  • The type of trip you were on (Sierra Club, Trail Riders, private party, hunting, trail crew etc.)
  • The trip leader and cook's name

In addition to pictures, if you have a particular trail story, humorous or serious, which you would like to share with everyone please e-mail it directly to me. If you e-mail the file, please send the file in either Microsoft Word, if possible, or as a pure text file.

Remember - there are a host of folks out there waiting to blessed by your High Sierra or Owens Valley story. Don't disapoint them, or yourself, by failing to share your experience.

Thank you, from everyone, for obeying that still small voice within you and sharing your heart and experiences with everyone.

Owens Lake in 1911 before it was drained dry by Los Angeles
owens lake

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 Pigmy Packer & Guests
The Pigmy Packer (1970), with his horse - Quarter Boy, and two guest from New York on New Army Pass. Mules were Nigger, Bart, and Dan.

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The Pigmy Packer (1997)

CONTACT the Pigmy Packer

The Pigmy Packer (2001)

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Golden Trout Camp in the High Sierra


 Mt. Whitney Pack Train's Chrysler & Cook Brochure


 1930s & 1940s Mt. Whitney Pack Trains


Sierra Crossing


 Panoramas of the High Sierra

This page was last updated on 28 July 2015


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