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Mary Austin home in Independence, CA.


Independence, CA

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Independence, CA
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Courthouse - Independence, CA
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United States Land Office - Independence, CA

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Norman House - Independence, CA

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Courthouse - Independence, CA

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Main Street - Independence, CA

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County Jail - Independence, CA

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Main Street - Independence, CA

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Independence, CA

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Oberholzer House - Independence, CA

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Nathan Rhine Store - Independence, CA

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School and Weather Station - Independence, CA

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Check from Nathan Rhine's Store - Independence, CA

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Check from Nathan Rhine's Store - Independence, CA

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Norman House - Independence, CA

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Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery - Independence, CA

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Winnedumah Hotel - Independence, CA

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Winnedumah Hotel - Independence, CA

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Inyo County Court House - Independence, CA

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Main Street - Independence, CA

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Two Times the Stranger
by Katharine Krater

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Henry Levy - Pioneer Jewish Hotelier - Independence, CA

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Interior of Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery - Independence, CA
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Main Street - Independence, CA

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Inyo County Courthouse - Independence, CA


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Ray's Den Motel - Independence, CA


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Main Street - Independence, CA

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Main Street - Independence, CA - 1924

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Winnedumah Hotel - Independence, CA - 1924

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Main Street - Independence, CA - 1924

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Main Street - Independence, CA - 1924

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Camping out in Independence, CA - 1924

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Independence, CA - 1924

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Independence, CA - 1924

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Inyo County Courthouse- Independence, CA


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Paiute dance costume - Eastern California Museum, Independence, CA

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Independence Hotel - Independence, CA

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Inyo County Courthouse about 1890 - Independence, CA

Independence, seat of Inyo County since 1866, lies toward the south end of Owens Valley. On either side, mountains two miles high wall in this long trough-shaped valley - the Sierra Nevada on the west, the Inyo-White Mountains on the east. The highest peaks of both massive ranges stand well over 14,000 feet, Mount Whitney 14, 494 and White Mountain Peak 14, 246. In this unusual moonlight photograph, the old courthouse stands outlined against the Sierra's steep eastern slope. The third courthouse as show in this photograph was built in 1887 and served until the present one replace it in 1921. The first courthouse was demolished by the 1872 earthquake, the second by fire.

Eastern California Museum photo, gift of Mary S. Gillespie

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John Shepherd Home - Independence, CA

The booms and busts of the mining camps brought good times and hard times to Owens Valley farmers. During the 1860s and '70s Cerro Gordo and the roaring camps of Aurora, Bodie, Candelaria, and Darwin paid good prices for all the food, grain, and livestock Valley farmers could deliver. But hard times came in the '80s and '90s when the rich veins dwindled and silver prices skidded from $1.34 to 62 cents. The pioneers loved their land and their valley however, and most stuck it out through good years and bad
John Shepherd started with 160 acres on Shepherd Creek and eventually acquired 2,000. He raised apples, grain, hay, cattle, horses, and mules. The Shepherd home was one of the showplaces of Inyo.

Eastern California Museum photo, gift of Eva Shepherd Gunn

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Eastern California Museum - Independence, CA

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