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Independence inherited its name from a military outpost/camp that was established along Oak Creek July 4, 1862. This area became a huge lure due to the gold discovery and soon miners and settlers a like flocked in along the Oak Creek. Soon this wonderful town that is in the heart of the Owens Valley became a county seat of sprawling Inyo County in 1866.

The Eastern California Museum was founded in 1928. To me it has one of the most wonderful collections of local photographs of pioneer families and historic buildings. The exhibits are rich of the heritage of Inyo County and the Owens Valley. There are rare exhibits that include the artistry of the Owens Valley Paiute and Shoshone Indians through basketry and other wonderful historic crafts. 

They have so many wonderful photographs and mementos of Manzanar Japanese American citizens of the World War II Internment Center. If you wonder outside, you will be able to wonder around a collection of historic agricultural and mining implements used by early Inyo County residents, and equipment used during construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct. 
They have a museum gift shop that offers many educational material regarding Inyo County and the Eastern Sierra.

There is no admission charge, but donations are appreciated. 
Open Wednesday through Monday 
10 AM to 4 PM and is closed on Tuesday 
and some major holidays. 
PO Box 206, Independence, CA 93526

Address: 155 N. Grant Street, Independence, Ca
Directions: Located off of Hwy 395 (Edwards Street) turn west onto Market Street and turn right on Grant.
Phone: 760-878-0258 or 760-878-0364
Website: http://www.countyofinyo.org/ecmuseum/

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  • Written Nov 25, 2011
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