Friday, November 2, 2018

High Sierra: Highway 395--Bishop, Laws Railroad Museum and Historic Site


Laws Railroad Museum and Historic Site  Off Hwy. 6, 4.5 mi. N of Bishop, (760) 873-5950.  Daily 10am-4pm.  $5; train rides additional.  No dogs.

visitor center at Laws Railroad Museum and Historic Site in Bishop, California
visitor center at Laws Railroad Museum and Historic Site in Bishop, California


antique train at Laws Railroad Museum and Historic Site in Bishop, California
antique train at Laws Railroad Museum and Historic Site in Bishop, California

A replication of the 1883 frontier community of Laws that developed here as a railroad depot for Bishop, this 11-acre facility features 30 original 19th-century buildings.  Some were here from the past, and others were brought in to recreate the town.  You can visit a newspaper office, a beauty parlor with a scary-looking permanent wave machine,

permanent wave machine at Laws Railroad Museum and Historic Site in Bishop, California
permanent wave machine at Laws Railroad Museum and Historic Site in Bishop, California

a post office, a medical building, a replica mine shaft and headframe, and way more.  When the town sprang up, nearby Keeler was the largest producer of silver in California and Laws had as many residents as Bishop.  Vintage locomotives and railroad equipment as well as mining equipment are sometimes operated.  A restored Death Valley tourist railroad car is restored and often available for rides on summer weekends.

restored Death Valley tourist railroad car at Laws Railroad Museum and Historic Site in Bishop, California
restored Death Valley tourist railroad car at Laws Railroad Museum and Historic Site in Bishop, California

This railroad shut down in 1959, hurt by the popularity of trucking.  “Nevada Smith” starring Steve McQueen was filmed here in 1965.  Visitors can wander through on their own, but sometimes docents are available for a tour.  Pack along a picnic.

These videos are too much fun:


This handcar was built from a kit.















More things to do along Highway 395.

More things to do in nearby Yosemite.

images and videos ©2018 Carole Terwilliger Meyers
docent in videos is Jay Smart


6 comments:

  1. We love this type of museum, so a visit to the High Sierra Highway 395 looks like quite the adventure. Thanks for letting us peek inside.

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  2. Very interesting that they recreated a whole town to shiwcase those vintage trains!

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  3. What wonderful photos Carol. That perm machine is really scary I'm pretty sure I would not have been up for that back in the day!

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  4. I love these kinds of historic sites. Looks like a fun place to visit.

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  5. I love trains and railways so this museum would be great for me!

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  6. Looks like a fun way to spend a few hours. I am always intrigued by trains and railway stations.

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