Laws Narrow Gauge Railroad Station and Yard

California State Historic Landmark 953

Plaque exists. Site exists. Landmark location.

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#953 Laws Station
In 1883 the Carson & Colorado Railroad was built between Mound House (near Carson City, Nevada) through Laws to Keeler, California, a distance of 300 miles. Laws Station was named in honor of Mr. R.J. Laws, assistant superintendent of the railroad. Between 1883 and about 1915 this railroad provided the only dependable means of transportation in and out of Owens Valley. Train service was stopped on April 30, 1960.

#953 Laws
In 1883 the Carson and Colorado "Railway" Co. completed the building of the narrow gauge line from Mound House, Nevada to Laws, which was originally called Bishop Station. Laws was named in honor of R.J. Laws, assistant superintendent of the railroad. The Southern Pacific Co. took over the line in 1900 and the train through the valley was locally dubbed "The Slim Princess". The last train ran on April 30, 1960.

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On Silver Canyon Rd (Inyo County Rd), in old town of Laws, 4 mi NE of Bishop.

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