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All Lone Pine Stampede photos and programs are from the archives of Ben Baker and Irma Cline unless otherwise noted
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See USE NOTICE on Home Page.



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1946 Lone Pine Stampede
(1946 Program and images courtesy of the
Lone Pine Film History Museum)

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1947 lone pine stampede

1947 Lone Pine Stampede
(1947 Program and images courtesy of the
Lone Pine Film History Museum)

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1948 lone pine stampede

1948 Lone Pine Stampede
(1948 Program and images courtesy of Irma Cline)
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Images from the 1948 Lone Pine Stampede Program
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stage coach

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Lone Pine Stampede Centennial
1849-1949 Souvenir

(1949 Program and images courtesy of Ben Baker)


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1950 lone pine stampede

Lone Pine Stampede
1950 Program

(1950 Program and images courtesy of the
Lone Pine Film History Museum)



Photos from the 1950 Lone Pine Stampede Program

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20 Mule Team with Stampede President R. B. Spainhower on the wheeler at Furnace Creek Inn in Death Valley.

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L/R: Russ Spainhower, Sonny Tufts in the Alabama Hills making a movie for Columbia Pictures, Inc.

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Hoot Gibson (on horse), Director Linn Reyolds (seated holding boy) on location in Lone Pine, CA

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William Boyd (Hopalong Cassidy) - seated center without hat on location at the "hacienda" on the Anchor Ranch in Lone Pine, CA

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Lone Pine Stampede
1951 Program

(1951 Program and images courtesy of Ben Baker)


Photos from the 1951 Lone Pine Stampede Program

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Cerro Gordo Tramway at Keeler, CA
cottonwood charcoal kilns
Sherman Stevens' Charcoal Kilns near the shore of Owens Lake

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Inyo Lumber Company Mill in Bishop, CA
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Natural Soda Products Co. Soda Ash Plant, Keeler, CA

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Pittsburg Plate Glass Co. Soda Ash Plant, Bartlett, CA

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Sierra Talc Co. Mill, Keeler, CA

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Lone Pine Stampede
1952 Program

(1952 Program and images courtesy of Ben Baker)


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Lone Pine Stampede
1954 Program

(1954 Program and images courtesy of Ben Baker)


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1955 lone pine stampede

Lone Pine Stampede
1955 Program

(1955 Program and images courtesy of Irma Cline)


Images from the 1955 Lone Pine Stampede Program
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Eastern Brook Trout

packer
Packing in the Sierra Nevada


bull ride
Brahma Bull Riding


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Bareback Bronc Riding
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1956 lp stampede

Lone Pine Stampede
1956 Program

(1956 Program and images courtesy of Irma Cline)


Images from the 1956 Lone Pine Stampede Program

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Bruce Morgan's Twenty-Mule Team in Death Valley

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Pack Train returning from Lone Pine Lake

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Tulainyo Lake - Highest lake in the United States - Near Mt. Whitney


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Panamint Mountains - Wildrose Canyone Charcoal Kilns

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Trail Riders passing one of the many lakes near Lone Pine

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Trail Riders of the Wilderness in Crabtree Meadows

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1956 Lone Pine Stampede Queen Canidates
The queen is chosen by competition in Horsemanship, Personality, and Western Appearance

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Bruce Morgan on the summit of Mt. Whitney
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Lynne Bohnam, Runner-up

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Roberta Morgan, Queen
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Rosemarie Barton, Runner-up
     


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Lone Pine Stampede
1957 Program

(1957 Program and images courtesy of Ben Baker)


Images from the 1957 Lone Pine Stampede Program

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Hunting at Tunnel Air Strip, Tunnel Meadow, Lone Pine, CA
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Whitney Portal Pack Station, Lone Pine, CA.

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1957 Lone Pine Stampede Queen, Lone Pine, CA. - L/R: Connie Lively, Queen Barbara Jefferson, Gale Cable

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Lone Pine Stampede
1963 Program

(1963 Program and images courtesy of Irma Cline)


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Images from the 1963 Lone Pine Stampede Program

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L/R: 1962 Queen Janet Barnes, 1963 Queen Barbara Getty
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Keeler stage leaving for three day journey to Mojave - circa 1908

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Old soda works at Keeler - early 1900s
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L/R: Bob Crosby, Ted Cook, Father John J. Crowley, Jack Hopkins, Allan Ramsey

Campfire scene at Hitchcock Lakes west of Mt. Whitney during
the "Wedding of the Waters" celebration.

anchor ranch
One of the most photographed houses outside of the Hollywood studios
is this old home on the Anchor Ranch, south of Lone Pine.
plate glass
Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company plant at Bartlett on Owens Dry Lake

carson and colorado railroad
Last run of the "Sage Brush Rocket" on the narrow gauge from Lone Pine
soda works
Natural Soda Products Plant in Keeler

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"Wedding of the Waters" celebration in Lone Pine - 1938
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Fr. John Crowley oints out to Dr. H. W. Deuker the inscription on the gourd
which carried water from Tulainyo Lake to Bad Water, Death Valley
at the "Wedding of the Waters" celebration.

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Lone Pine Volunteer Fire Brigade - 1885

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First airplane flight over Mt. Whitney - Christofferson Tractor Biplane - circa 1900

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Russell Spainhower
First President - Lone Pine Stampede

1964 Lone Pine Stampede
Silver Anniversary Issue

(1964 Program and images courtesy of Ben Baker)
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History of the Lone Pine Stampede
In 1963 the Stampede show was changed to a non-professional type show due to the increasing cost of procuring stock and professional participation, and the 1964 show will follow the same pattern with soe new innovations included. A group of local riders have formed the Lone Pine Stampede Roping club. Plans are under way to stage other events throughout the year including a quarter horse show this fall with tentative dates set for October 3 and 4.

Officers for the 1964 show are Elmer Humphrey, president; Ben Casad, vice president; Marian Medford, secretary; Henry Olivas, Stock; Floyd Sweat, grounds; Ted Garcia, tickets; Deral Webb, treasurer; Al Stiller, publicity.

Local citizens 25 years ago made plans to stage these spectacular days of the old west and bring visitors and champion cowboys from the far ends of the country to our unique little town for a chance to relive the wild west in a gala weekend celebration. many local businessmen may well be credited with its inception.

Through the efforts and community spirit of a few local citizens, the first big show of rodeo fame was instigated. Wilfred Cline, stockman, and the lat Russell Spainnhower, Southern Inyo rancher and cattleman, started the ball rolling for what became a traditional spring event. Stock for the rodeo was provided by Cline and by a unanimous vote, at a meeting called for organization, Spainhower was elected Stampede president, a position he held for nine consecutive years. Directors appointed to serve with the new president were Ben Baker, Howard Miller, Fred Reynolds, Otto "Slim" Honerlab, Ted Cook and Wesley Logan. Walter Jones was elected secretary-treasurer, a ost he filled continuously for 21 years. Announcer for this first rodeo was Jack Hopkins, this spot is still occupied by him and he continues to cover the shows in paramount form.

After eight years of fine performances the Stampede became an incorporated organization and then became a RCA show of top caliber. The first such show boasted prize money of $850 plus entry fees and during the years of growing popularity the last purses totaled $1800 plus entry fees, making prizes running close to $4000.

As the Stampede continued to grow and become more widely known amongst the professionals , such top-notch names in the rodeo world as Casey Tibbs, Rex Connley, Bill Linderman, Ross Dollarhide, Chuck Shepard, Don Adams, Lawson Fore, Bill Hogue, Enoch Walker, famed Canadian cowboy, appeared on the rodeo program. Among other notables who have added mach to the local shows with their stellar performances have been Joaquin Sanchez, Fes Reynolds and Wes Curtis.

Let us not forget that along with these professionals, our local businessmen have contributed much in making these shows the pride of the community. Following the nine year term of Russell Spainhower as president, by-laws were amended to read a one year term for each president. The following citizens served well as leaders of the Stampede Inc.: Jack Hopkins, Ben Baker, Fred Reynolds, Tom Noland, Norvil Aigner, Henry Olivas, Lefty Edmonston, C.M. Richards, Bob Rutherford, Gwen Gardner, Bud Slater and Joe Bonham. Other names, to mention a few, who have played major roles in the successful celebrations are Frank Chrysler, Ted Cook, John Morris and Howard Miller.

Calendar of events during these many years of celerations lists scores of activities as well as the rodeo. Parades have been of rist class quality with as many as seven bands competing for prizes and trophies; whiskerino contests, sponsored by the Lions Club, brought keen rivalry; outstanding pet parades for the kiddies have been the pride and joy of youngsters; carnivals too came in for a share in the excitement; a businessmen's burro race for several years was a stimulating part of the annual weekend; barbecues of highest quality, staged by local organizations, drew hundreds of guests and the coveted crown for the "Stampede Queen" was cherished by many popular young belles. Jean Noland was one of the first quens and numerous other young teenagers have since held the honor.

In the beginning rodeos were held on what is now known as the town ball park and as they continued to gain omentum plans materialized for the present grounds which are one of the best. Hundreds of persons may be seated on the fine grandstands, and monies from the annual shows have been used for improving the grounds to the present high standards. What more picturesque setting could any arena boast than the spectacular snow clad peaks of Mt. Whitney fronted by the pictorial Alabamas for a contrasting background? Where in these United States could this be equaled?

Images from the 1964 Silver Anniversary Issue

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1964 Lone Pine Stampede Queen and her court.

L/R: Ann Marie Mike, Claudia Behling, Kathy Hastings (Stampede Queen) Cheryl Butler, Jean Amick
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Floating dredge used in the construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct.

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The late Hoot Gibson with the cast and crew during the filming in Lone Pine in the early 1920s.
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Advertisement for the El Capitan Lodge and Casino in Hawthorne, Nevada.

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A group of workers in front of the bunkhouse while building the Los Angeles Aqueduct - Circa 1913

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1970 stampede program

Lone Pine Stampede
1970 Program

(1970 Program and images courtesy of the
Lone Pine Film History Museum)



Images from the 1970 Lone Pine Stampede Program
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Last run of the "Sagebrush Rocket" on the Carson & Colorado Narrow Gauge Railroad from the Lone Pine (Mt. Whitney) siding.


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Harry Reynolds Saloon in Lone Pine, CA

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1971 stampede program

Lone Pine Stampede
1971 Program

(1971 Program and images courtesy of Irma Cline)


Images from the 1971 Lone Pine Stampede Program

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William Bonham - 1970s Lone Pine Stampede grand marshal, passed away this past year.
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Richard Webb - 1971 Lone Pine Stampede Guest
Richard is an author and star of television and movies. He is shown
in his "Captain Midnight" uniform, the role that made him the idol of
millions of youngsters. He is the author of a book on western ghost towns.

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1970 Stampede Queen - Denise Kuyendall

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1971 Stampede Queen - Pam Schou

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1971 Stampede Princess - Marion Ruiz

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1971 Stampede Princess - April Giles

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Rodeo Scorecard


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1973 stampede program

Lone Pine Stampede
1973 Program

(1973 Program and images courtesy of Irma Cline)


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Stampede Princess - Mindy Lasky
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Stampede Queen - Phyllis Schou
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Stampede Granny - Annie Jefferson

Annie is a native Paiute, Shoshone. She was born in Owens Valley in the 1880s. Her parents were Lucy and Frank Bellas. Her late husband, Harmey, rode in all the rodeos before his death in 1937. Annie had ten children - among them are Cardelia Hancock, Ella Payne, Ethel Maillett, Martha Joseph, Dorothy Joseph, Tom Jefferson, and Thelma Gilmore
Images from the 1973 Lone Pine Stampede Program

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Team Roping

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Calf Roping

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Bull Riding
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Bareback Bronc Riding

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Steer Wrestling
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Saddle Bronc Riding

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