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Eastern California Museum
Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery

Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery

bulletConstructed in 1916 in a French Tutor design.  The facility originally produced trout fingerling for planting throughout the state.  The facility now is used for brood stock and produces 15 million golden, brown and rainbow trout eggs annually.

The ponds in front of the building contains many large brood stock and wild fowl for visitors to view and feed.   (Take nickels for the feed dispensing machines {the ducks also like the feed},)

The grounds are used as the backdrop for Owens Valley Unified School Districts annual graduation ceremonies.

Site is also used for weddings and other gatherings. 

      Picnic tables are available overlooking the pond.
bulletOpen Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
bullet(760) 878-2272

Hatchery Photos Looking West

Hatchery Photos Looking North

Hatchery Photos From Afar

Eastern California Museum

bulletThe museum illustrates area history, anthropology, botany, and geology.  Highlights include antique farm and mining equipment as will as equipment used for the construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct.  

Little Pine Village, a reconstructed pioneer village,  features restored and re-create structures from the 1880s, including a smithy  and assay a office.  Many of the buildings were moved to the location from various areas of the County.  It is named "Little Pine" because that was one of the earliest names for the town of Independence.   

Of interest is the exhibit dealing with the Manzanar World War II Relocation Camp for Japanese-Americans.  

Displays also include an exhibit on Paiute-Shoshone Indian  baskets  and other artifacts, an extensive photo collection, a library of local history including old news clippings.

Botanical and mineral specimens are displayed.

       Picnic tables by Independence Creek are available.
bulletOpen daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except Tuesdays and major Holidays.
bulletEastern California Museum
155 North Grant Street
P.O. Box 206
Independence, California 93526
(760) 878-0364 or 878-0258

Manzanar Relocation Center (National Historic Site)

bulletFirst Japanese-American Relocation Camp build during World War II; all that remains are guard house, old roads, cemetery, concrete foundations and recreation hall.
bulletWalking tours during Summer given by Eastern California Museum.
bulletFive miles south of Independence on U.S. Highway 395
bulletOpen Daly
bullet Manzanar Information
c/o Superintendent
Death Valley National Monument
Death Valley, CA, 92328.
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