Preserving the history of the Owens Valley
and the Eastern Sierra
Located just off the 395 Highway in Inyo County, CA, you will find the Laws Railroad Museum. This museum transfers you back to a time when the railroad station was at the center of the action in many western towns. This video highlights life as it was back when trains were the fastest method of transportation. Discover the HISTORY IN YOUR BACKYARD and subscribe for more videos like this!
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MUSEUM OPEN ALL YEAR:
VISITING HOURS ARE
Summer hours 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Admission by donation.
Operated by the Bishop Museum & Historical
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How to find us
Laws Railroad Museum is located 4.5 miles
north of Bishop, off U.S. Hwy 6.
The Laws Railroad Museum and Historic Site
is not just another train
museum. Located on the site of the Laws Railroad station and
rail yard, the land, 1883 depot and other buildings, and the last
train, were donated to Inyo County and the City of Bishop by the Southern
Pacific Railroad in 1960. The museum is operated by the Bishop Museum and
Historical Society under contract with those two agencies. The gift deed
from the Southern Pacific Company to the county and city reads as follows:
"In appreciation of the interest of Inyo County and the City of Bishop in
preserving the memory of the Far West's last common carrier narrow gauge
railroad, the Keeler Branch, Southern Pacific Company is pleased to donate steam
locomotive No. 9 together with other rolling stock, and the Laws Station
building and surrounding installations for safekeeping in behalf of generations
At Laws the Slim Princess now stands in mute testimony to the time when the Owens Valley depended upon the railroad for its contact with other parts of the world.
At the time the railroad shut down its operations the village of Laws that grew up around the rail yard had disappeared. that village has been recreated by moving in historic buildings from around the Owens Valley and they now contain many artifacts and exhibits illustrating early life in the Owens Valley.
Our aim is to discover, procure, and preserve whatever may relate to the natural, civic, literary and ecclesiastical history of our area, and to establish and maintain collections.
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