2020 Annual Dinner Postponed


In light of the rapidly-changing coronavirus environment, the Friends of the Eastern California Museum is postponing its annual dinner meeting, originally scheduled for March 14, 2020 in Independence, CA. The featured speaker, Cynthia Pridmore, has agreed to present her talk on the "Ridgecrest Earthquake Sequence - July 2019" at a rescheduled dinner. The Board of Trustees regrets any inconvenience.

2020 Annual Dinner Postponed2020-03-13T08:42:55-07:00

The Slim Princess Comes Home to Independence


Come welcome Locomotive #18 home  to Independence in a day of celebration after a long journey to Colorado. When: Saturday, November 2, 2019 Train Rides: Steam train rides start at 9AM Cost: $20 donation, buy tickets at the engine house Tri-Tip Dinner: 4PM, $20 donation More info: Call 760-878-0258

The Slim Princess Comes Home to Independence2019-10-21T21:07:54-07:00

Eastern California Museum 90th Anniversary Celebration


On Saturday, May 5th, the Eastern California Museum in Independence will celebrate its 90th anniversary of preserving the region's history, with a fun filled day of yesteryear walking tours, history presentations, inspiring oratory and enticing refreshments.The day kicks off at 10 am, with 2 different ½ hour walking tours through the historic district of Independence. At 11, the first of several presentations on various Eastern California History topics will be offered at the Eastern California Museum. The topics range from the lost but not forgotten town of Thebe, to a brief history of the treasured Eastern California Museum itself. The Eastern California Museum Association was founded in 1928 by a group of civic minded citizens from Inyo County. The Association operated the [...]

Eastern California Museum 90th Anniversary Celebration2019-10-21T21:18:17-07:00

FECM Spearheads Efforts to Preserve the Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns


The two adobe brick kilns, built on the west side of Owens Lake by Col. Sherman Stevens in January 1877, produced charcoal to fuel the smelters used to process silver-lead ore from the Cerro Gordo mines in the Inyo Mountains east of the lake. Stevens first constructed a steam powered sawmill in in the Sierra Nevada. Lumber and logs were transported down to the valley via a 13-milelong wooden flume. The logs were burned in the kilns to produce charcoal, which was then loaded onto scows that were towed by the steamboat Mollie Stevens across Owens Lake to the smelters on the opposite shore. In September 1877, a fire destroyed part of Stevens’ flume as well as a large stockpile of logs [...]

FECM Spearheads Efforts to Preserve the Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns2019-05-18T14:23:49-07:00