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Several museums and historical sites up and down the Eastern Sierra corridor pay tribute to life in the old west. In Independence, the Eastern California Museum displays a reconstructed ghost town, pioneer history, Indian artifacts, ranching and mining equipment as well as nature exhibits. An exhibit dedicated to Manzanar Relocation Camp is also on the grounds. South of Independence is the actual Manzanar site, now a National Historical Site.

Bodie Museum Historic State Park

Bodie Museum You'll find no tourist traps or fancy recreated saloons here. No food, no drinks except for three water fountains. The only business doing commerce is the Bodie Museum (open from May to October). Bodie is now a California State Park and is open year round weather permitting.

Eastern California Museum / Manzanar

The museum has one of the finest collections of Paiute and Shoshone Indian artifacts. Also, the museum has an exhibit on Manzanar Relocation Camp that includes rare photographs, diagrams, and mementos. Additional exhibits include antique wagons, tractors, mining implements, a Paiute Indian dwelling, and a reconstructed pioneer town. Eastern California Museum Here you will find the most extensive collection of artifacts in the area. Displays include an exhibit about the nearby Manzanar Japanese Relocation Camp, Native Paiute and Shoshone basketry and other Native American crafts, Early farm and mining equipment, an extensive photo collection, a library of local history and a reconstructed pioneer village. Books of local interest are also for sale. Museum is open every day except Tuesdays and Major Holidays from 10am till 4pm. Donations are accepted. Located three blocks west of Highway 395 via Market Street to Grant Street.

Laws Railroad Museum

Laws Railroad Museum located on Silver Canyon Road in Bishop is a combination of historical buildings, train cars and trail paraphernalia remembering an era gone by. The old general store, post office and an assortment of buildings have been transplanted from their original location to escape salvage. Visit the trading post and walk around old engine #9 to get the real feel This railroad was the last narrow-gauge to operate west of the Rockies. Here you will find 11 acres of exhibits dedicated to preserving the flavor of the old west. Exhibits focus on a 1909 Baldwin 10-wheel engine and the infrastructure that would support an old town and rail stop including buildings and memorabilia from the turn-of-the-century.

Mammoth Museum and Historical Preserve / Hayden Cabin

Mammoth Museum The authentic 1927 log cabin, built by Emmet Hayden, displays old mining equipment, memorabilia and photos of early-day Mammoth Camp. Mining equipment is on display during the summer months. The museum gives visitors an experience of Mammoth's past from the early mining days of 1880, through the beginnings of automobile tourism and summer cabin residents, to the early days of skiing on Mammoth Mountain.

Paiute Shoshone Indian Cultural Center

The center located in Bishop has some outstanding exhibits that include a depiction of a Paiute camp in the winter, traditional willow shelters, sweat house, along with many other Indian artifacts. The center is open daily year-round (closed on major holidays). The cultural Center and Gift Shop offer a variety of Native American arts and crafts with a look at life as it was before the area was overrun by white man. The Paiute's were here for 10,000 years in much the same way and in the last 100 years, their whole way of life has changed.

Lee Vining
Mono Lake Committee
PO Box 29
Lee Vining, CA 93541

Mammoth Lakes
Mono County Arts Council
PO Box 1733
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

Southern Mono Historical Society
PO Box 65
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

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