Monday, September 21, 2020

Photos From the Road: Highway 395 and Lone Pine

After spending a few days in Bridgeport in the Eastern High Sierras last month, it was time to head back down the 395.

We stopped at a scenic photo turnout to shoot a few pics of Mono Lake, which we had photographed from a closer vantage point as we headed north a few days previously.

As we drove through Independence I snapped the Winnedumah Hotel, which opened in 1927. It was built by Walter Dow, who had founded the Dow Hotel in Lone Pine a bit further south, opening it in 1923.

This photo of the Independence post office is a favorite. You have to love that vintage look and the patriotic paint colors!

Just before approaching Lone Pine is a marker for the burial site for 16 victims of the 1872 Owens Valley Earthquake. There was another big earthquake in Lone Pine this past June, measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale. My husband felt it here in Orange County!

We broke up our drive spending a night at the Dow in Lone Pine. We wanted to have a little time there since this year's Lone Pine Film Festival will only be virtual.

This is Anchor Ranch, as seen approaching Lone Pine from the south end of town. Note the anchor hanging toward the right of the photo (click on this or any photo to enlarge it for a closer look). Many movies and TV series were filmed at Anchor Ranch, which once had an entire Western town set on the property.

Love this classic sign for Frosty Chalet, one of the places we always visit when we're in town. We've heard good things about Copper Top BBQ in Big Pine, but the timing hasn't worked out yet for us to try it out.

Some of the businesses in Lone Pine look like they're right out of picture postcards. Here is Lloyd's of Lone Pine, a clothing store which sadly closed last year after many years in business. The statue is in memory of the owner's childhood horse Frosty, who doubled famous horses in Hopalong Cassidy films and other Westerns filmed in Lone Pine.

And the town drug store with some classic signage:

And here's a vintage sign for the Trails Motel:

Coming soon, the final trip photo post, visiting movie locations in Lone Pine's Alabama Hills. (Update: Here is that post!)

Previous photos from this road trip: Photos From the Road: Halfway House Cafe and Vasquez Rocks, Photos From the Road: Hot Creek Geological Site, Photos From the Road: Bridgeport, Part 1, Photos From the Road: Bridgeport, Part 2, and A Visit to Glen Haven Memorial Park.


Blogger Jerry Entract said...

We had a 3.4 earthquake here last week with the epicentre in my home town of Leighton Buzzard! Pretty well unheard of! We were away on a short vacation in the Lake District so we missed it. My best buddy told me he thought his roof was coming in on top of him. Luckily no injuries and no known damage.
We don't expect earthquakes in this country (so far)!

2:24 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

My goodness, Jerry, I never would have expected to hear of an earthquake in your part of the world!! Very glad there was no damage. What a surprise that must have been to your friend and others!

Best wishes,

10:42 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

The backside of the Sierra is a giant escarpment. The worst earthquake in recorded California history was in the Owens Valley in the 1880's. The way the mountains rise around Lone Pine-- Mt. Whitney and the other peaks are that way because of the faults. But the reason I'm commenting today is that one time in the early 70's I was traveling on one of the back roads from Nevada to Highway 395. As my friend and I were approaching Mono Lake I was surprised to see a ghost town I hadn't seen on previous trips. It reminded me of the famous ghost town, Bodie. I didn't think about it again until Clint Eastwood's "High Plains Drifter" came out! A movie set! It was gone the next time I passed through. I can't believe it was 50 years ago. I don't comment often, but I do enjoy your blog posts very much.

12:34 AM  

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