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Olancha Travel Guide: 3 reviews and 23 photos

Olancha was a simple Shoshone a village that was at the edge of Owens Lake, but by 1860 Minnard Farley was on the hunt to discover silver for the Silver Mining Company like so many other prospectors. He searched up and along the Coso Range and eventually he was successful. He built the first stamp mill and furnace just south of Olancha Creek. Yet, his fortune was running out when the Native people burned down his stamp mill in 1867. Still, the town thrived since it was becoming a popular stage coach stop. Eventually the first Post Office was established in 1870 and the town was renamed to Olancha, instead of Yawlanche which comes from the people of the Yaudanche Tribe.

The Jawbone spur railroad had tracks this far to help supply the LA aqueduct, but it eventually this line was terminated and the tracks were removed. It was a popular place for ranchers to bring their sheep and cattle to craze on Monche meadows which is not far from here. Yet, because of the natural springs that run through here, Crystal Geyser has a bottling plant just north of here and Anheiser Busch even purchased Cabin Bar Ranch to establish their own water supply.

Now it is favorite of locals who pass thru here to stop at some of the businesses that are still doing well. It may not look like much, but people still live here. There are many areas owned and preserved by the Wildlife Fish and Game, so be careful to not disturb these precious areas.

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  • Pros:Some historical markers to explore.
  • Cons:No major shopping or gas access.
  • In a nutshell:Special stores here and treasures of history
  • Last visit to Olancha: Jan 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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