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Laws & Laws Railroad Museum
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Mural in the town of Bishop, CA - photo courtesy of Ray DeLea


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

More Laws photos can be found HERE.

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Main Street in Laws, CA

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Southern Pacific RR Depot - Laws, CA -1969

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Main Street Laws - circa 1924


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Laws Railroad Museum - Laws, CA


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The Hawthorne, of the Carson & Colorado Railroad - 1888

Built in 1883 to tap an expected flood of silver from mines near Owens Valley, the Carson & Colorado narrow gauge ran the length of the valley, crossed Montgomery Pass, and connected with the Virginia & Truckee near Carson City. Although the silver flood never materialized, and the Carson & Colorado was not the smashing success its financiers envisioned, the "Slim Princess," as the affectionately called her, was dear to the hearts of Valley people.

The Hawthorne, a Baldwin 4-4-0 brass-bound wood-burning locomotive, was built in 1882 and scrapped in 1907. These "sunflower stacks" had wire mesh at the top to catch sparks. Note the pinon wood piled high in the tender.

Eastern California Museum photo
1975 Genny Smith

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Hauling Pinon Wood for the Carson & Colorado RR in the 1880's

On the 300-mile frun between Keeler on Owens Lake and Mound House, Nevada, the locomotives gobbled up quantities of pinon wood. Howard Farrigton gives these details of supplying the wood: "My uncle Arch and my father William Farrington had a contract with the narrow gauge railroad to furnish wood for the wood burning engines. This pinon wood was packed from the mountains to these loading spots by pack mules. Each wagon, all hand made, hauled eight cords to the load."

Eastern California Museum photo, gift of Howard C. Farrington
1975 Genny Smith

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Laws Depot - Laws, CA

In 1907 the Laws depot was a busy transfer point fro materials that were brought in by railroad for Bishop Creek plus livestock and farm produce that were shipped out of Owens Valley. The corporate name of the Carson & Colorado had been officially changed to Nevada and California Railway in May 1905. The Laws Station forms a part of the Laws Railroad Museum located near Bishop, CA.
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Carson & Colorado RR Locomotive No. 9

The Slim Princess and a string of cars at the Laws Station building and surrounding railroad installations form the Laws Railroad Museum located ooutside of Bishop, CA.

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Engine No. 6 - the "Hawthorne"

The Hawthorne was built for the Carson & Colorado RR by Baldwin in 1882, paused for this photo at the Laws (originally named Bishop Creek) depot in the spring of 1888. The
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The Slim Princess

The Slim Princess, the last of the Western Narrow Gauge, started out as the Carson & Colorado Railway. The C & C was a step-child of the Virginia & Truckee RR with its north connection at the Carson River and the plans to build to the Colorado River. The southern end never went past Keeler where the shop for steam power was located. Twenty-three different steam-locomotives have operated on the line, all but one built by Baldwin. The crew were not only their own machinists, but worked the hand-operated gallows turntables. The road operated in such a casual manner that the entire crew would stop the train and go deer hunting or go swimming in Walker Lake. While switching at Aberdeen, a bull elk chased a conductor who escaped by climbing a boxcar ladder. The last train to run was on April 29, 1961. The Laws Depot, 1100 feet of track with rolling stock was given to the City of Bishop. Engine #18 (Type 4-6-0, built in 1911: 44-16x20-87, 150) taken out of service in the fall of 1954 is at Dehy Park in Independence, CA

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Laws Railroad Museum - 1996
(Photo courtesy of Bob Pilatos)


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Laws RR Yard
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Laws RR Yard

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Laws Carson & Colorado Railroad Depot

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Laws RR Yard

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Laws RR Yard - Water and Oil Tanks

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Slim Princess, Engine No. 9, in Laws RR Yard

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Laws RR Yard Gallows Turntable

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Laws RR Yard

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Movie set in Laws
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Laws railroad depot - Laws, CA - 1940

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Laws railroad yard - Laws, CA - 1947

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Laws railroad depot - Laws, CA - 1954

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Laws railroad depot - Laws, CA - 1941

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Slim Princess, Engine #9 at the Laws railroad yard - Laws, CA

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Laws, CA pioneer - 1910

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Carson & Colorado RR baggage tag or tool check tag (?)

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L.E. Shippy token - Laws, California


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L.E. Shippy token - Laws, California
"There are three tokens from Laws listed in Charles V. Kappen's "California Tokens." This one is listed as #3. The two others were issued by C.G. Huckaby (#1) and by Jenkins Brothers Ice Cream, Candy, and Cigars (#2). All had a face value of 12-1/2 cents. Tokens with this face value are very unusual during and after World War I, but were common in the desert areas (and Alaska) around the turn of the century. Laws acquired its present name in 1900, so the tokens cannot be from earlier than that. Due to the time needed to produce the tokens, they are almost certainly no earlier than 1901. The style of all the tokens is very much that of the beginning of the century. I would estimate the dates of all the Laws tokens as roughly 1901-1910. They were probably in use simultaneously. Consulting directories for the beginning of the 1900s, finding a time when all three businesses were in operation would probably give a still closer estimate of the time when these tokens were used."
(text courtesy Kevin Aiken)

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The Shippy family of Laws, CA
(Photo courtesy of Hal Eaton)

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Engine #8 departing Laws for Keeler
(Photo courtesy of Dennis Burke)

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SP #18 at Laws - 1949
(Photo courtesy of Dennis Burke)

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Baggage/caboose car #12. She was first constructed into a coach then in later years a baggage car.
(Photo and text courtesy of Dennis Burke)

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Ira O. Clark in a field near Laws
(Photo courtesy UCLA Digital Library)
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Ira O. Clark irrigating potatoes in his farm near Laws
(Photo courtesy Inyo County Sesquicentennial)

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Laws railroad depot and yard in 1961
(Photo courtesy Dennis Burke)

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Laws railroad depot and yard in 1960
(Photo courtesy Dennis Burke)

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Laws railroad depot in the old days
(Photo courtesy Dennis Burke)

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Laws School - 1905
(Photo courtesy Inyo County Sesquicentennial)

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Passengers at Laws waiting to board the last train to operate on the Keeler Branch - April 29, 1960.
(Eastern California Museum - Virtual Transportation Museum photo)

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Southern Pacific Railroad, Baggage Car #12. She was used as a caboose during the last years of the line in the Owens Valley. Built by the Carters Brothers Builders in 1880 for the Oregonian RR as a coach she was later sent to the South Pacific Coast RR and then to the Nevada & California RR in 1906. (SPNG). She survives today at the Travel Town Museum in Los Angeles.
(Ebay offering)

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The "Little Giant" Diesel #1 and Engine #9 at Laws.
(Ebay offering)

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Engine #18 at Laws - February 22, 1954.
(Photo courtesy of Mark Van Klaveren)

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SPNG Engine #9 heading north into Laws from the south gate.
Photo taken from atop the water tank .

(Photo courtesy of Dennis Burke)
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Andrews Service - Somewhere on Highway 6 between Bishop and Benton - 1941.

Per our local sleuth (Hal Eaton) - "You may have stumped me on this one, but I have possible clue. Date of picture is June 1941 according to LOC source. Lee Joseph Andrews (1913-1959) was a Body & Fender man working for Howard L Miller who was the proprietor of Singer Garage and Service which was also a Chevrolet dealer in LONE PINE. Andrews wife died in 1942 and he moved back to LA, He is only person named Andrews who worked in Gas Station business in Inyo at that time. Location would be North Western part of Lone Pine on west side of highway. Possilbly where the current Shell Station is by the park. Kreiger gas changed name to Douglas in 1943."
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(Photo courtesy of eBay)

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Laws SPNG railroad depot.

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SPNG Engine #9 taking on water at Laws

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Laws schoolhouse - The schoolhouse is now a museum
The School House was the Catholic Church from Bishop Creek... it originally was located in Bushop across from the Mortuary..next to the apartments and bowling alley.


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Laws Post Office - 1951
(Photo courtesy of UC Davis Digital Library)

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The Huntley Minerals plant just northeast of the SPNG Laws RR depot.

Rick Olson writes: I used to go to that plant to get chalk for our baseball and softball fields in Lone Pine .

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Stacking hay at the McNally Ranch in Laws - 1904

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The Huntley Minerals plant just northeast of the SPNG Laws RR depot.

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The Huntley Minerals plant just northeast of the SPNG Laws RR depot.

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The Huntley Minerals plant just northeast of the SPNG Laws RR depot.

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The Huntley Minerals plant just northeast of the SPNG Laws RR depot.

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The Huntley Minerals plant just northeast of the SPNG Laws RR depot - 1967

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Remnants of SPNG Laws RR depot - 1967

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SPNG Engine #18 at Laws RR depot - 1955

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Remnants of SPNG Laws RR depot - 1967


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