Owens Valley, Owens Lake & Bartlett, CA



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Sectional panorama of Owens Lake taken during the construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct - Circa 1910
(West Coast Art photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress American Memory Project)

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The Los Angeles Examiner - May, 1874



From the Visalia Times: - Little is apparently known of this lake. It is ninety miles in length and fourteen miles wide, and its greatest depth of thirty feet. The bottom is apparently smooth and level. It is supplied by Owens River and numerous springs, and has no visible outlet. It is highly charged with alkali, borax and other elements, and is so strong that it will cut cloth, leather, destroy soap or grease. On the west side are the highest mountains in the United States: Mount Whitney being but a short distance off. Owens River flows from the north through a narrow valley, between two ranges, and enters the north end of the lake. Rugged, broken mountains rise upon the east. From the south extends a narrow, dry valley. The surrounding scenery is picturesque and grand.

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Why Owens Lake is Red owens lake

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Owens Valley Rock Art
by Jay C. von Werlhof


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Paiutes and Shoshones in Owens Valley, California
by Lawrence F. Van Horn


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Map of Owens Valley - circa 1910?
Map courtesy of the Claremont Colleges Library, Special Collections

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The Owens Lake Monster
From the annals of the Los Angeles Daily Herald - July 21, 1868


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View of Owens Lake with a double row of piling seen extending across middle of picture.
(photo courtesy of California History Section Picture Catalog)

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Elevated pipeline across Owens Lake from the Natural Soda Products operation at Keeler
(Eastern California Museum photo)

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The Great Soda Lake in Owens Valley - 1894 Harper's Weekly photo
(Photo courtesy Inyo County Sesquicentennial)

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Stereogram of Owens Valley and the Sierra Nevada
(Photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress American Memory Project)

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The Owens Valley Committee (OVC)
The OVC is a party to the 1997 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to the EIR of the 1991 Inyo-LA Long Term Water Agreement.


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Owens Lake and Vacinity
1939 USGS Topographical Map


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Fotocards courtesy of the Rich McCutchan Archives unless otherwise indicated
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Grading on the Owens Valley Electric Railway in Bishop - Inyo County
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Owens Valley circa 1924
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Owens Valley circa 1930
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Owens Valley circa 1930
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Cerro Gordo to Owens Valley tram circa 1930

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Roading construction in Owens Valley (probably the El Camino Sierra)
with Owens Lake in the background
(Photo courtesy of Hal Eaton)

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The El Camino Sierra along the eastern flank of the Sierra Nevada
(Photo courtesy of Hal Eaton)

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Owens Lake photo 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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Owens Lake near the middle - 1909

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Pittsburg Plate Glass Company plant on the western shores of Owens Lake
(Inyo County Sesquicentennial photo)

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Pittsburg Plate Glass Company plant on the western shores of Owens Lake
(Photo courtesy of Ray DeLea)

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Sherman Stevens charcoal kilns on the western shores of Owens Lake
(Photo courtesy of David Woodruff)

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Owens Lake
(Photo courtesy of eBay)

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Soda Ash operations on Owens Lake over the decades.

California Alkali Company: 1917-1932
Clark Chemical Company: 1927-1928
Inyo Development Company: 1887-1920
Inyo Chemical Company: 1917-1932
Permanente Metals Corporation: 1947 - 1950
Natural Soda Products Company: 1915-1952
Pacific Alkali Company / Columbia-Southern Chemical Corporation: 1928 to present .

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Owens Lake Land Use

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Soda Ash Industry of Owens Lake - 1959
by Mineral Information Service


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Eastern Sierra Committments and Issues - 2006
by Los Angeles DWP

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Owens Lake Soda Ash Company
Soda Ash Mining and Processing Project - 1994

by County of Inyo Planning Department
California State Lands Commission
U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management


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Owens Valley Land Management Plan - 2010
by Los Angeles DWP

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The Development and Decline of Agriculture in Owens Valley
by Peter Vorster

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Dust mitigation efforts on Owens Lake, Owens Valley, CA
(Los Angeles Times photo)
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Alkali dust cloud coming off of Owens Lake, Owens Valley, CA
(Brian Russell photo)

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Owens Lake photo from the Water Resources Archives - Orbach Science Library
On the occasion of the construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct
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Owens Lake - November 1906

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Owens Lake - August 1969
(Photo courtesy of Ray DeLea)

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Bartlett, CA

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Produce from the Owens River Valley

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Owens River - Big Pine Canal

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Fisherman on the Owens River

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Attempting to cross the Owens River

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Motoring in Owens Valley before there was a paved road.

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Owens Lake and Vacinity
1939 USGS Topographical Map


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DWP workers erecting power lines across Owens Lake
(Photo courtesy Inyo County Sesquicentennial)
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DWP workers erecting power lines across Owens Lake
(Photo courtesy Inyo County Sesquicentennial)


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