High Sierra: Highway 395
Eastern California Museum 155 N. Grant St., (760) 878-0364. W-Sun 10-4. By donation.
|outdoors wagon display of Eastern California Museum in Independence, California|
Founded in 1928, this historic museum displays a large collection of more than 400 Paiute, Shoshone, and finely-made Panamint tribe baskets. Most date from the 1880s to the 1930s and were specifically for trade to tourists and settlers.
|indoor display of Native American baskets at Eastern California Museum in Independence, California|
Among the area artifacts from mining and pioneer life are several treasures--an 1890s Regina music box (purchased in San Francisco)
and a green dress that once belonged to Amelia Earhart (she never lived here, but her husband had a house in the area).
|Amelia Earhart's green dress displayed at Eastern California Museum in Independence, California|
I particularly like a labeled bird-egg collection.
|bird eggs displayed at Eastern California Museum in Independence, California|
The rustic outdoor Little Pine Village--a sort of faux ghost town--displays cabins and farm buildings as well as farming and mining equipment and trains. Some of the buildings were brought in from other places, and one of the outhouses is a rare three-seater, where you can take a leak and get leaked on through the ceiling at the same time. A peaceful Native Plant Garden offers a pleasant walk.
|Native Plant Garden at Eastern California Museum in Independence, California|
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