"This is one of the new
towns in the Valley.... known as the 'Manzanar Irrigated Farms'
tract, and consists of about 6,000 acres, subdivided into lots
ranging from 16 to 25 acres each.
"This tract is traversed
by the main road through Owens River Valley. The bond issue carried
in November, 1916, will provide funds for its immediate permanent
improvement as an official State Highway. It will thus become
one of the main arteries of the State of California...
"Manzanar is about 245
miles from Los Angeles via rail, trains now leaving Los Angeles
in the evening and reaching the Valley the following morning.
As Pullman sleeper service is available, it makes for a very
convenient and pleasant trip from Los Angeles...
"There is no doubt that
sometime in the not distant future, transcontinental service
from Los Angeles to the east will be inaugurated through Owens
River Valley, as it will shorten the distance by about 100 miles
and make one of the greatest scenic roads in America...
Valley has an abundant supply of surface or over-ground water,
supplied by the melting snow fields of the High Sierra Nevada
Mountains on the west, which supply reaches its greatest flow
during the irrigation season in the Valley...
"Owens Valley is on the
route of the most attractive of all transcontinental automobile
highways, the 'MIDLAND TRAIL.' The best natural route across
Nevada comes into this Valley over Westgard Pass, in the White
Mountains, a pass so rarely snow-blocked as to justify the assertion
that it is always open. The traveler, reaching that summit, faces
the grand panorama of the snow-covered Sierras, looming two miles
higher than the green and gold checkered spread of the farms
in the Valley at their foot...
"Here is what Ex-Governor
James N. Gillet says: 'I look for the day not far hence when
Inyo will be the great attraction for tourists the world over....
an eager throng will hasten here to share with you the bounties
that nature has so lavishly bestowed upon you."'