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Great Gift Idea! The 2021 Eastern California Museum Calendar is now available

Gathering for fun and festivities has been an integral part of life in Inyo County for more than 150 years. Parades, parties and picnics have been enjoyed by groups of county residents as a way to celebrate notable occasions, mark annual events or simply to enjoy each other’s company.  Sports and outdoor adventures have also […]

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Volunteer Group Spearheads Eastern California Museum Fall Clean up

A group of enthusiastic and hard-working volunteers recently completed a thorough fall clean-up of the grounds at the Eastern California Museum in Independence. About 20 volunteers showed up armed with rakes, hand tools, shrub trimmers and clippers, and other tools to tackle the daunting task of ridding the five-acre museum grounds of the fallen leaves, […]

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Slim Princess #18 Returns

About 200 people came out to celebrate the return of the Slim Princess Locomotive #18 to the Eastern California Museum in Independence. Visitors from throughout the region and all across Inyo County enjoyed the day-long Welcome Home Party for #18 on Nov. 2. The day started early when the all-volunteer crew from the non-profit Carson […]

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The Slim Princess Southern Pacific Locomotive #18 steams out of the Durango, Colo., train station on Aug. 23 pulling three passenger cars on the 45 mile trip to Silverton, Colo. The locomotive, whose home is at the Eastern California Museum, in Independence, has been on loan to the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad this summer. The locomotive made two runs to Silverton, which accommodated a total of more than 150 supporters and volunteers who spearheaded the multi-year effort by the non-profit Carson & Colorado Railroad Company to restore the locomotive/All photos courtesy of Eastern California Museum

Welcome Home Slim Princess #18

  Community Calendar Announcement The Carson & Colorado Rail Way invites everyone to a Welcome Home Party for the Slim Princess narrow gauge, steam Locomotive #18 on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Eastern California Museum in Independence. The Slim Princess will be steamed up and rides will be offered starting at 11 a.m. for a $20 donation. At […]

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Birthday Celebration for Mary Austin at Eastern California Museum

Press release Eastern California Museum Hosts Mary Austin Birthday Celebration on Sept. 7 “Seldom have I met and known anyone of such intellectual and spiritual power and discipline,” said Ansel Adams about Mary Hunter Austin, after they collaborated on “Taos Pueblo,” 1930.  Mary Hunter Austin wrote her most famous book “The Land of Little Rain” […]

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LADWP loans ancient tusk to Eastern California Museum

Press release from Eastern California Museum INDEPENDENCE, CA –The newest exhibit at the Eastern California Museum features one of the oldest artifacts to ever be put on display at the museum. Visitors will now be able to see a nearly complete mammoth or mastodon tusk dating from the last Ice Age, which would make it […]

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‘Two Missing Climbers, Eighty Years Apart’

Press release Local author Jennifer Crittenden will be giving a presentation titled, “Two Missing Climbers, Eighty Years Apart” on Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 1 to 3 o’clock at the Eastern California Museum in Independence, located at 155 N. Grant Street. This event is free and open to everyone. Crittenden’s presentation investigates parallels between the […]

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William Probasco's Lone Pine Telescope, captured photographs of the determined souls who conquored the summit of Mt. Whitney.

‘Tales Along El Camino Sierra, Two’ – More historical gems

Press release It’s time to take another sentimental trip down memory lane, also known as El Camino Sierra.  On Saturday June 8, the Eastern California Museum in Independence will be hosting a history program titled, “A Sentimental Journey Along Highway 395,” presented by authors David and Gayle Woodruff. In addition to relating interesting and little-remembered […]

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ECM 2019 calender highlights people of Inyo County

Press release Inyo County’s stunning landscapes, whether towering mountain peaks or sprawling deserts, can quickly become the focus for anyone trying to explain the county’s many charms. But the cast of characters that have paraded through the county’s history can be just as interesting as the landscapes they inhabited. The 2019 Eastern California Museum calendar […]

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C&C Leave Barn: In July 2017, the Slim Princess made her inaugural run out of the Larry Peckham Engine House at the Eastern California Museum. Eastern California Museum photo.

‘Slim Princess’ steaming up this Friday

Press release Enjoy A Day With The Slim Princess At The Eastern California Museum The Carson & Colorado Rail Way invites everyone to enjoy a day with the Slim Princess Locomotive #18 on Friday, Oct. 5 at the Eastern California Museum in Independence. The all-volunteer crew from CCRW will be firing up the historic, narrow […]

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