|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.
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.
and the Eastern Sierra crest as seen from Thunder Mountain.
by Mike Porter - 1977)
This site is graciously being hosted by the owner's of Shocking.Com - Stop by and pay them a visit and express you thanks for their
generosity. Without their generosity, this site would not be
Mt. Whitney Pack Trains, Vintage Photo Request
Whitney Pack Trains History [pdf]
by Charles Morgan
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.
East and Drive U.S. 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
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.
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.
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
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.
- 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.
in 1911 before it was drained dry by Los Angeles
page was last updated on 16 May 2015