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Mt. Whitney and Lone Pine in the early 1900s 


All photo cards on this page courtesy of Rich McCutchan archives unless otherwise noted.

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A Trip to God's Country
by E. J. O'Keefe
(Story provided to me by Irma Cline)

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"Valley Revue of '52" courtesy of Kathy Larsen

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Meysan Store in Lone Pine Circa the Late 1890s
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Just in case you ever wondered where those lakes in the canyon just to the south of Whitney Portals got their name!

 


Early Lone Pine was more lively and colorful than other valley towns. The mines of Cerro Gordo, Panamint, and Darwin brought Lone Pine a floating population of many nationalities, notably miners from Wales, Cornwall, and Mexico. For many years September 16, the anniversary of Mexico's liberation, was Lone Pine's most celebrated feast day -- with guitars, dancing,and cock-fights.
Among the earliest families who came to stay were the Charles Meysans from France. They opened their store in 1869 and rebuilt after the 1872 earthquake.


Main Street Lone Pine Circa 1947
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Whitney Observatory on the summit of Mt. Whitney circa 1912
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Lone Pine Saloon - Courtesy of Barb Laskey
Owner - Edward Lasky from the collection of Frank I. and Lena L. Lasky, Lone Pine, CA.
Original donated to the Eastern Sierra Museum, Independence, CA.

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Lone Pine Saloon where Fashbaugh’s store stands today.

Front left to Right: Hillario (Larry) Arambula, John Hamilton, Artie Lubken, Fred Burkhardt, Horace Elder, Mike Selzer,
William Harry Jenkins, Frank Olivas.
Back left to right: Harry Reynolds, Henry Burkhardt, Willy Miller, Teho (sp?) Diaz, Bobbie Harry, Albert Sianz,
and the last person’s name is really uncertain (Ala-Hambra-Chips-Remro-half ----).


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On the Mt. Whitney Trail
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On the trail to Mt. Whitney
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On the trail to Mt. Whitney

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Packing wood to the summit of Mt. Whitney

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Mt. Whitney

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Packing wood to the summit of Mt. Whitney

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On the summit of Mt. Whitney

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Lone Pine Lake on the Mt. Whitney trail.

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Crabtree Meadows and the west side of Mt. Whitney in the distance.

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Pack train on the Mt. Whitney trail.

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The dirt road to Whitney Portal

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On the summit of Mt. Whitney with a load of wood.

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Nearing Trail Crest Pass at 13,777 ft.

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On the summit of Mt. Whitney. 

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Pushing mules on the switchbacks headed towards Trail Crest Pass at 13,777 ft. This trail found out what you were really made of as a packer. 


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"An Invitation to Catch Golden Trout"[pdf]
by Phil Pister


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Golden Trout from Cottonwood Lakes.
A bygone era when there was no such thing as a "limit" on the amount of trout you could catch in a day.
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Trail crew having lunch on the summit of Mt. Whitney in 1931.

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Clearing the Mt. Whitney trail of rockslides in 1931.
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Mt. Whitney Pack Train heading over Old Army Pass.

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Upper Cottonwood Lakes and Old Army Pass

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Horsemen at the upper Cottonwood Lake and Old Army Pass

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Mt. Whitney Pack Trains riding over Old Army Pass. Cottonwood Lakes in the distance.

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Rock Creek Lake with the peaks of The Miter Basin in the distance.

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Mt. Whitney Pack Trains riding over Old Army Pass. Cottonwood Lakes in the distance.

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Rocky Basin Lakes

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Cattle being driven over a mountain pass (unknown) to summer grazing pastures.

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Ranch in Owens Valley near Lone Pine, CA.

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Golden Trout Creek in Big Whitney Meadow.

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Golden Trout Creek in Big Whitney Meadow.

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Group of hikers somewhere in the Sierra Nevada overlooking the Cottonwood Lakes.

Golden Trout Camp and Old Army Pass

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On the trail up to the summit of old Army Pass. Snow banks like this one made a packer's summer! Who else but he was going to clear the trail of all the snow?

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A pack train heading east across Mulkey Meadows (more of mile long sandy flat) on the way to Mulkey Pass and Horseshoe Meadow.

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Golden Trout Air Drop
(Department of Fish and Game photo)
Planting golden trout the new way with planes, and helicopters.

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Gilmore Gasoline Station - photo courtesy of Jeremy Gilmore

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Mt. Whitney - Circa 1913 by J.W. Bledsoe
(photo courtesy of Charles Delwiche)

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Lone Pine
(photocard courtesy of Bob Pilatos)

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Lone Pine
(photocard courtesy of Bob Pilatos)

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High Sierra Motor Freight
(photocard courtesy of Rich McCutchan)


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Lone Pine - 1873 - When the El Camino Sierra was still dirt.
(Courtesy Eastern California Museum)



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Southern Pacific Railroad Station in Lone Pine - 1940s
(photocard courtesy of Bob Pilatos)

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Southern Pacific Railroad Station in Lone Pine - 2016
(photo courtesy of Ray DeLea)

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Diaz Lake and Lone Pine photos 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
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South Diaz Lake, Owens Valley, November 1909

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Lone Pine and Mount Whitney, November 1909

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Main Street (U.S. 395) Lone PIne, CA on January 22, 2017 - Photo courtesy of Indigo Hernandez

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Lone Pine Matchbook Covers
(Courtesy of Rich McCutchan archives)
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1928 Sierra Club trip to the summit of Mount Whitney
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1928 Sierra Club trip to the summit of Mount Whitney

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1928 Sierra Club trip to the summit of Mount Whitney

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Packers heading up the Mount Whitney trail

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Packers heading up the Mount Whitney trail
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One hour's catch in Ramshaw Meadows
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1928 Sierra Club trip to the summit of Mount Whitney
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1928 Sierra Club trip to the summit of Mount Whitney
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Early Lone Pine before the streets were paved - circa 1908


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1995 Mt. Whitney Packer's Reunion  

Packing & High Sierra Stories  

Mt. Whitney Packers of the 1940s - 1970s  

Sierra Club High Trips 1946 - 1972  
 

More Mt. Whitney and Early Lone Pine

 

Wildflowers of the High Sierra 

 

 One Packers High Sierra Experience


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