Visiting the Slim Princess
Around Noon today we drove out to Laws, California to the Laws Railroad Museum and Historical Site
. Laws was the northern terminus of the last common-carrier narrow-gauge railroad in the west, the Keeler-to-Laws segment of the former Carson & Colorado Railway
. The C&C ran from Mound House (not too far from where we live in Fernley) to Keeler. The SP bought it, standard-gauged the section from Mound House to Tonopah Junction to connect with the Tonopah & Goldfield Railroad (and hence to Las Vegas by diverse lines), abandoned in 1943 the section from Mina to Laws, and finally ended operation Keeler-Laws on April 30, 1960. The railroad pulled up the track south of Laws but donated the Laws Depot site, locomotive #9 (the "Slim Princess"), and the associated buildings to the City of Bishop. Today the site is run by the Bishop Museum & Historical Society and is open daily year around. Besides the railroad buildings, many other old buildings from the area have been moved here and restored, and the museum includes a fascinating look back at the early days of the Owens Valley.
As with other entries, click through the photos to see more related photos.( Our Day at the MuseumCollapse )
The full set of photos I took today at the museum is on my Laws Railroad Museum Flickr Album
We spent most of the afternoon at the museum, and we effectively had the run of the place, as we were one of only three parties who visited today. It is, however, a weekday at a very slow time of the year. It was a good day to be there, though, as it wasn't too cold (except inside some of the buildings) and the weather was clear.
We told the folks at the museum that we'd made special plans (and taken an extra day off from work) just to come here, and that we've also made a point of telling the hotel and restaurant staff with whom we've been dealing that the museum was what brought us here. Having been rail museum volunteers ourselves, we think it's important for the businesses to know that supporting the museum is good for their business, too. Current Mood: happy