Lone Pine

Lone Pine


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

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Owens Valley once was lush from the waters of the Sierra Nevada. Irrigation ditches built in the late 19th century by early pioneers on both sides of the Owens River watered pastures, dairy ranches, apple, peach and pear orchards, fields of alfalfa and corn, along with grape vineyards. In the mid 19th century Lone Pine had been called El Pueblo de las Uvas or the town of grapes by its Mexican setters. Mary Austin wrote a beautiful chapter in her Land of Little Rain that tells that story. Another settlement was called Manzanar, Spanish for apple orchard. Game abounded, such as deer, bighorn sheep, rabbits, quail, pheasant and other small game animals. In the early 1900's fish, such as golden and rainbow trout, had been transplanted from the western streams of the Sierra Nevada and were flourishing in the eastern mountain lakes, Owens River and its tributaries.

(Excerpt from "Desert Padre: Life and Writings of Father John J. Crowley" by Joan Brooks)



  Images of Early Lone Pine


Main street Lone Pine in 1936



1924 - Unknown carriage riders.


Stuck in the snow at the southern end of Owens Valley in 1924.


Summer - Main street Lone Pine in 1911.



Summer - Main street Lone Pine in 1911.


Stuck in the snow at the southern end of Owens Valley in 1924.

The Dow Hotel in the 1930s.

Main Street Lone Pine in the 1934.


Stuck in the snow at the southern end of Owens Valley in 1924.

Main Street Lone Pine in the 1930s.

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"Some Sierra Superlatives"[pdf]
by Oscar Lewis

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"A Near View of the High Sierra"[pdf]
by John Muir

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The Olivas Pack Station

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This picture of the kids being packed into Monache by the Olivas'. Pictured are
from left to right, George "Wimp" Woods & Marilyn "Buzzy" Woods (children of Louise Olivas Woods), center
unknown, and in the pack box to the right are Joe Ruiz and Margaret Ruiz, children of Ethel Ruiz Olivas. This
picture had to be taken in the late 30's.s

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The Olivas Pack Station in the 1930s when it was owned by Carmen Olivas.

Mounted from L to R: George Woods and Louise Olivas Woods.

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Ally Robinson and Wendell Gill

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Delphina Olivas cooking on a movie set in the Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, CA

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Leaky Olivas flipping flapjacks at the Olivas Cow Camp

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Chuck wagon headed for the movie set in the Alabama Hills. Delphina Olivas second from the left.

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Pete Olivas at the Olivas Pack Station
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Petra Diaz Olivas

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Carmen Olivas at his house in Lone Pine where the
Olivas Pack Station was located
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Carmen Olivas

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On the Hopalong Cassidy set in Lone Pine - circa 1950s

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Old Lone Pine Elementary School picture. Ethel Dearborn (tall woman in the back row)
Louisa Olivas (2nd from the right in the back row)

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 Photocards below courtesy of Rich McCutchan

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Lone Pine in the early 1900s

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Lone Pine in the early 1900s


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Lone Pine in the early 1900s


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Owens River in the early 1900s


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Lone Pine Railroad Station


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Lone Pine in the early 1900s

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Christofferson tractor Biplane in Lone Pine in 1914


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The Miller Ranch in 1914


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Lone Pine in the early 1900s


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Dow's Hotel in Lone Pine in the early 1900s


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Santa Rosa Church in Lone Pine.


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Lone Pine Drug Store and Post Office


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Lone Pine in the 1940s

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Lone Pine in the 1940s

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Lone Pine in 1943


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Lone Pine in the 1940s


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Lone Pine CCC camp.


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Lone Pine in 1947


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Lone Pine in the 1940s

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Lone Pine in 1949

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Lone Pine in 1949

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Lone Pine in 1947


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Lone Pine in the winter of 1946


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Lone Pine railroad depot

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Lone Pine railroad depot

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Lone Pine in 1917


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Smitty in Lone Pine

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Welcome to Lone Pine

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Lone Pine in the early 1940s


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20 Mule team painting by cowboy artist Ed Thistlethwaite.
Painted from memory as it was in the 1880's when the team was owned and operated by the Pacific Coast Borax Company.
Pilot Knob in the background was a landmark on the old trail from Death Valley to Mojave, which at that time was a 16 day trip.


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Vintage photograph of Lone Pine
[Photo courtesy of Page Williams]
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Vintage photograph of the Owens River south of Lone Pine
This is a movie still from the Tom Mix movie "Just Tony"
(Alternate: A)
[Photo courtesy of Page Williams]

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Vintage photograph of the Owens River taken by Fred Eaton before the Los Angeles aqueduct was constructed
[Photo courtesy of Page Williams]

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Lone Pine, CA
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Mt. Whitney Cafe - Lone Pine, CA
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Mt. Whitney Observatory - Lone Pine, CA

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Lone Pine, CA

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Dow Hotel - Lone Pine, CA

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Bicentennial team leaving Lone Pine, CA

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RKO Dunga Din encampment - Lone Pine, CA

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Lone Pine, CA - 1937

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Willow Motel - Lone Pine, CA

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Mt. Whitney / Death Valley Highway Celebration - Lone Pine, CA

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Mt. Whitney / Death Valley Highway Celebration - Lone Pine, CA

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Motel Dow Villa - Lone Pine, CA

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Alabama Hills movie set - Lone Pine, CA

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Alabama Hills, Tuttle Creek Road - Lone Pine, CA

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