Images of America: The Owens Valley

Images of America: The Owens Valley


The Owens Valley is a bold and beautiful land where rugged alpine peaks tower over the deep trough of high desert that John Muir called "a country of wonderful contrasts." Inhabiting a rich and complex past of native people, miners, cattlemen, farmers, and city builders who laid claim, often violently, to its resources. By 1913, Owens River water was flowing south through the Los Angeles Aqueduct, and from the long and bitter conflicts that followed emerged an Owens Valley future far removed from the agrarian Eden envisioned by 19th-century pioneers. Today, unparalleled recreational opportunities draw millions of visitors annually to this "long brown land" even as reminders of a quintessential Western past linger in its open vistas, epic landscape, and enduring traditions.

Historian and Owens Valley native Jane Wehrey has authored Voices From This Long Brown Land: Oral Recollections of Owens Valley Lives and Manzanar Pasts and Images of America: Manzanar. For Images of America: The Owens Valley, she has tapped the extensive archives of the Eastern California Museum and other collections. Represented is the work of Andrew Forbes, Burton Frasher, Allen Ramsey, and other photographers, both professional and amateur, who have been captivated by the rich texture of life and landscape in the Owens Valley,

The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all. 

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