locomotive restoration
Carson & Colorado Engine #18 Restoration


Independence, CA

 All photo cards courtesy of Rich McCutchan unless otherwise noted.
See USE NOTICE on Home Page.

 Additional Frasher Foto Cards courtesy the Pomona Public Library where over 7,500 Frasher Foto Cards are archived.

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Independence circa 1906
[Lippencott Collection - FID4]
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Downtown Independence, California circa 1865
[Eastern California Museum]



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independence school class 1886
Independence School Class of 1886 - Independence, CA
(Photo courtesy of Dave Woodruff)

[Unfortunately, there are some people pictured here whose names did not appear on the list.]

L/R (Back Row): Alice Zink, Mary Mulholland, Alice Rose Hodge, Sara James Meroney, Frank Schere

L/R (2nd Row from Back): Edna Matlock Krater, Effie Roeper Lunt, Pary Parker, Nellie Roeper Fausel, Miss Barnes (Teacher) - Rita Church on her lap,
Clara Willett Free, Carrie Gregg Crocker, Rose Roeper Mairs

L/R (2nd Row from Front): Elsie Gill, Minnie Levy Mairs, Jeanette Wood Naylor, Etta Wood, Jennie Baxter Harper, Emily Conklin, Lizzie Thompson Bunny,
Irma Webb

L/R (Front Row): Joe Levy, Rollin Laird, Pete Mairs, Julian Eibeshutz, Steve Gregg, Arthur Robinson, Paul Mairs


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locomotive

Locomotive now in an Independence, CA. park.




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Downtown Independence, California circa 1888



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Independence Air Post 1928
[Frasher Foto Card - Pomona Public Library Collection]
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Main Street Independence 1927
[Frasher Foto Card - Pomona Public Library Collection]

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Independence Air Post 1928
[Frasher Foto Card - Pomona Public Library Collection]


woods lake

Woods Lake Fisherman 1927
[Frasher Foto Card - Pomona Public Library Collection]

winnedumah hotel

Winnedumah Hotel, Independence 1927
[Frasher Foto Card - Pomona Public Library Collection]


jim's place

Jim's Place ("The Place to Eat"), Independence 1939
[Frasher Foto Card - Pomona Public Library Collection]

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Main Street Independence 192?
[Frasher Foto Card - Pomona Public Library Collection]
fish hatchery
Mount Whitney Fish Hatchery 1926
[Frasher Foto Card - Pomona Public Library Collection]


masonic temple

Masonic Temple Independence 1926
[Frasher Foto Card - Pomona Public Library Collection]

courthouse
Inyo County Court House, Independence 1926
[Frasher Foto Card - Pomona Public Library Collection]


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Independence 1910s
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Owens River near Independence - circa1930

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onion valley
On the Kearsarge Pass Trail
bullfrog lake
Bullfrog Lake on the western side of Kearsarge Pass
pack station
Parker & Blunt Pack Station - Independence, CA

golden trout
Golden Trout from Lake Reflection

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Pack Train heading up Kearsarge Pass

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Pack Train heading up Kearsarge Pass

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Snow covered Onion Valley Road Owens Valley - 1931

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Snow covered Onion Valley Road Owens Valley - 1931
University Peak in the background.


onion valley roadMining equipment along the Onion Valley Road in Owens Valley - 1931

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Snow covered Onion Valley Road Owens Valley - 1931

onion valley road
Snow covered Onion Valley Road Owens Valley - 1931


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Owens River near Independence

commanders house
The Commander's House - Independence, CAc
 

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The Slim Princess, Engine No. 18 - Independence, CA - When it was in Dehy Park

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The Legend of Winnedumah
From "The Story of Inyo" - 1933 Edition, Chapter V: Native Legends

Version 1:
Long, long ago there lived in what the white man calls Owens River Valley, two tribes, one, the Paiutes, occupying the eastern side and the slopes of the Inyo Range, the other the Waucobas on the western side on the slopes of the Sierras and in particular the region about Mt. Williamson and extending westward to the valley now called San Joaquin.

The roaring ocean backed up its waters and flooded the wonderful valley, so that the Indians had to signal to each other by fires, but the Great spirit sent a terrible earthquake which shook the mountains for many days, and the pale waters fled away and the green grass came again. The tribes were at war.

One day on his lookout on Mt. Williamson, a Waucoba Brave, espying two Paiute brothers ascending the crest of the Inyo Range set to the sinewy bow-string of his mighty bow, an arrow made from a tree growing only in the western mountains. The arrow released from the twanging bow, winged its way fifteen miles across the valley and pierced the back of one of the Paiutes, who fell dead, his body turning to stone and lying face down across the crest. Head to the east, and feet to the west, terrified his brother started to run, but the Waucoba warrior in a voice of thunder shouted to him the command, Winnedumah! which means, STAY RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE. And lo, the Paiute instantly became the shaft of granite and has never since moved, awaiting his release by the great spirit.
Marvelous to tell the fatal arrow took root in the stone body of its victim and grew into a tree, still living like that from which the arrow was made and the only one of its kind in the Inyo Range.
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Winnedumah Monument
(Photo courtesy of Don Deck, copyright Don Deck)
Version 2:
Long, long ago the great medicine man of the Paiutes was Winnedumah, brother of Tinnemaha, war chief of his people. The principal stronghold was in the Black Rocks, a great field of tumbled lava in middle Owens Valley.

One day hordes of Diggers poured across the passes of Pahbatoya, the Sierra, to raid the Paiute hunting grounds. The owners resented the trespass, and then began a battle such as no Paiute has since witnessed. It lasted through days of the fiercest fighting. At last, the Paiutes were beaten and forced to flee. Many found refuge in the caves and recesses of the Black Rocks - which same cavities to this day may be viewed by whoever may doubt this tale. Others fled across the rugged mountains to the eastward. Among the fugitives was Winnedumah, whose medicine had been useless against the invaders. Surely pressed, exhausted and alone he gained the summit, where he stopped for a final view of the domain which he deemed lost, and to await the coming of his warrior brother. But Tinnemaha had fallen in the fray; and while Winnedumah invoked the aid of the Great Spirit for his stricken people, a great convulsion of nature came, and one of its effects was to transform him into a pillar of stone. The same natural manifestation so frightened the Diggers that they forthwith went back across the mountains, never again to dispute the ownership of Owens Valley. There to-day stands Winnedumah, faithful to the end of time.
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Winnedumah Monument
(Photo courtesy of Don Deck, copyright Don Deck)

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Photos courtesy of Charles Delwiche
nathan rhein store
Nathan Rhine Store circa 1886/1887
(USC California Historical Society Collection)


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Mainstreet Independence circa 1887/1888
(USC California Historical Society Collection)

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Parker and Blunt Pack Train on Baxter Pass - Independence, CA
Frasier Fotocard courtesy of Inyo County Sesquicentennial
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Inyo County Jail - Independence, CA
(Forbes Fotocard courtesy of Inyo County Sesquicentennial

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Inyo County Jail - Independence, CA
(Ccourtesy of Inyo County Sesquicentennial

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Inyo County Jail - Independence, CA
(Courtesy of Inyo County Sesquicentennial

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Woods Store - Independence, CA
(Ccourtesy of Inyo County Sesquicentennial
 


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Owens Lake photo from "Men, Medicine & Water" by friends of the LACMA Library
Photos were taken by Raymond G. Taylor, M.D. on the occasion of the construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct
rickey ranch
Rickey Ranch House, Winter 1909 - 1910


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Hotel Tokens Courtesy of Craig Mason
hotel norman
Hotel Norman Token - Independence, CA
hotel norman
Hotel Norman Token - Independence, CA

independence hotel
Independence Hotel Token - Independence, CA

independence hotel
Independence Hotel Token - Independence, CA


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