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Movie backdrop of the world!!!

First settled as a camp in 1861 it was named after a single Jeffrey pine and is the largest unincorporated community in Inyo County. Settlers of so many wonderful nationalities moved in such as Mexican families and Welsh and Cornish immigrants. Sadly, the 1872 earthquake did its worst damage to Lone Pine because so many of the homes were of adobe construction they crumbled terribly. Many died and are buried just north of town. A California Historical Marker graces it to honor those lost. Lone Pine is obviously a principal commercial center for this area since most of the commercial retail in the central part of town right along U.S. Highway 395. This strip still boast a wonderful old world western feel. Most of the storefronts have kept their historical storefronts giving the town wonderful quaint home towns feel. The locals are all so friendly and helpful. Sidewalks are wide and there is on the street parking and there is a stoplight in the middle of town to slow down the traffic so you can cross the streets safely, but be cautious for the occasional brain dead tourist who is just passing through.

Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film

Every October since 1990, the Lone Pine Film Festival includes movies, arts and craft shows, and tours of movie locations in the nearby Alabama Hills.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful landscapes and loads of outdoor recreation
  • Cons:None I can think of!
  • In a nutshell:For a small community it has lots to offer.
  • Last visit to Lone Pine: Jan 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Nice scenery, interesting museums and a choice of accommodation! Sounds good to me!

  • wabat's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2015 at 5:35 AM

    Great page Dee, I especially enjoyed to movie commentary and would like to do some hiking here.

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Aug 2, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    What a lovely page. So sad reading about the earthquake though.

  • msbrandysue's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Another California treasure. I am putting hiking Mt Whitney on my Things to Do list! :) Another wonderful page....

  • schurlif's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Will definitely drive to this place in late April and hope the view of Mt. Whitney will be as splendid as on your pic !!!

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    May 19, 2010 at 9:14 AM

    We enjoyed spotting some famous movie (and Star Trek!) locations when in Lone Pine but if that wonderful-sounding film museum was there back then we failed to spot it - what a shame! Love the retro motels and the views of Mt Whitney!

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Very informative Lone Pine travel page complete with impressive photographs. Mt. Whitney really looks interesting to visit and explore, and so are the museums and the Memorial Wall. Thanks for the virtual tour. ~ho & pang

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2009 at 4:15 PM

    Would love to travel with you..we enjoy the same kinds of sights/sites. Jam-packed page with helpful historic tips & keen insights. My favorites were Lone Pine Film festival & museum, the small museum, the murals, the Adobe Memorial Wall, & Mt. Whitney.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    That is a beautiful shot of Mt. Whitney! Very interesting information too on that devestating earthquake and on all the movies that were filmed near Lone Pine.

  • atufft's Profile Photo
    May 13, 2009 at 7:40 PM

    Outstanding insights into the history and character of Lone Pine. My ancestral relatives lost land in the Owens V when the LA aqueduct stole the water. I drove through Lone Pine just last week. Thanks also for the stop in Moss Landing and Big Basin.


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