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Lone Pine in the early 1900s

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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 1914.


Haystacks in the Lone Pine area in 1914.


1924 - Unknown carriage riders.


Main street Lone Pine in 1936.


Camp Lone Pine in the Alabama Hills in the shadow of Mt. Whitney.

 
Lone Pine's "Square Deal" garage.


Summer - Main street Lone Pine in 1911.


Summer - Main street Lone Pine in 1911.


Winter - Main street Lone Pine in 1911.



"Some Sierra Superlatives"[pdf]
by Oscar Lewis

When Lone Pine and Owens Valley was still something of a pioneer area.


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


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

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

 
Main Street Lone Pine in the 1930s.


The Dow Hotel in the 1930s.

 
Main Street Lone Pine in the 1934.


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



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 Robinsonand 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)



 Photocards below courtesy of Rich McCutchan

Lone Pine
Lone Pine in the early 1900s

Lone Pine
Lone Pine in the early 1900s

Lone Pine
Lone Pine in the early 1900s

Owens River
Owens River in the early 1900s

Lone Pine Station
Lone Pine Railroad Station

Lone Pine
Lone Pine in the early 1900s

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Tractor Biplane in Lone Pine 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

Lone Pine
Lone Pine in the 1940s

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Santa Rosa Church in Lone Pine.

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Lone Pine Drug Store and Post Office

Lone Pine
Lone Pine in the 1940s

Lone Pine
Lone Pine in the 1940s

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Lone Pine in 1943

Lone Pine
Lone Pine in the 1940s

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Lone Pine in the winter of 1946

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Lone Pine CCC camp.

Lone Pine
Lone Pine in 1947

Lone Pine
Lone Pine in 1947

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Lone Pine in 1949

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Lone Pine in 1949

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Lone Pine railroad station

Lone Pine
Lone Pine railroad station

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Lone Pine in 1917

Smitty
Smitty in Lone Pine

Lone Pine
Welcome to Lone Pine

Lone Pine
Lone Pine in the early 1940s

Ed Thistlehaite
20 Mule team painting by cowboy artist Ed Thistlehaite.
Painted from memory as it was in the 1880's

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The Miller Ranch in 1914



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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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