ray on beulah
Ray DeLea
(aka: the Pigmy Packer circa 1969)

new ovh logo

All items on this website have been catagorized as fair use and are being displayed strictly for non-commercial and nonprofit educational purposes. No items on this website are in anyway sold or used in publications of any sort by the website owner. Wherever possible, permission to use each item has been obtained from the author (if still alive) or from the collector of such material, and an agreed upon credit has been given.

What is this site all about?

1. The telling in words and pictures of one of the Eastern Sierra's most incredible mule packing outfits - Mt. Whitney Pack Trains which operated out of Lone Pine, CA from the 1940s through the early 1970s.

2. The history of Owens Valley towns, pioneering families, and individual people who made Owens Valley what it is today.

3. Stories of mining camps and surrounding areas affecting mining in the mountains surrounding Owens Valley.

4. Stories and photos about the Sierra Nevada Mountains (The Range of Light that is like none other), the personalities who enjoyed them in the past and who are part of the lore we relish to hear about today.


mt whitney from thunder mtn
Mt. Whitney and the Eastern Sierra crest as seen from Thunder Mountain.
(Photograph by Mike Porter - 1977)


This site is graciously being hosted by the owner's of Shocking.Com - Stop by and pay them a visit and express you thanks for their generosity. Without their generosity, this site would not be possible.



Entries since 10 January 2016 - At the Movies - Movie Production in Lone Pine
Entries since 15 January 2016 - At the Movies - Movie Production in Lone Pine
Entries since 17 January 2016 - At the Movies - Movie Production in Lone Pine
Entries since 19 January 2016 - Robert House - Golden Trout Camp Packer
Entries since 18 March 2016 - Ed Brown: Packer and Poet
Entries since 23 April 2016 - Bishop Mule Days
Entries since 20 June 2016 - Mt. Whitney Pack Trains' Packers 1940 - 1972
Entries since 18 August 2016 - Glacier Lodge and The Pallisades
Entries since 28 August 2016 - Early Bishop
Entries since 02 September 2016 - Laws and Laws Railroad Museum
Entries since 15 September 2016 - Reif Kipp Mt. Whitney Pack Trains Archives
Entries since 27 September 2016 - Nancy Droubay Archives
Entries since 05 October 2016 - North of Bishop
Entries since 27 November 2016 - Kathy Jefferson-Bancroft Archives
Entries since 01 December 2016 - Tommy Jefferson
Entries since 11 December 2016 - Squawbuck Joe by Duane Rossi
Entries since 28 December 2016 - Casa Vieja & Surrounding Areas
Entries since 13 January 2017 - At the Movies in Owens Valley
Entries since 02 April 2017 - Tales Along El Camino Sierra
Entries since 13 April 2017 - Lone Pine Stampede
Entries since 13 April 2017 - Owens Valley Progress-Citizen Newspaper
Entries since 11 May 2017 - Cow Tracks on the Land by Lona Burkhart
Entries since 11 May 2017 - Where Old Trails Meet the New by Lona Burkhart and Ramona Turmon
Entries since 22 May 2017 - Heritage and Humble Pie
Entries since 29 May 2017 - Long Valley, Casa Diablo, Hot Creek
Entries since 02 June 2017 - Mammoth Lakes and Surrounding Areas
Entries since 02 June 2017 - June Lakes and Surrounding Areas
Entries since 02 June 2017 - Mono Lakes and Surrounding Areas
Entries since 09 June 2017 - Carson & Colorado RR Pages COMPLETELY REVAMPED
Entries since 18 June 2017 - Whitney Portal Road Constructiion and Mt. Whitney Trail
Entries since 04 July 2017 - Rediscovering the Old Hockett Trail
Entries since 04 July 2017 - The 1916 Sierra Club High Trip
Entries since 06 July 2017 - Cartago
Entries since 06 July 2017 - Saline Valley Salt Tram Album
Entries since 12 August 2017 - Don't Eat the Pink Snow: Article 1, Article 2
Entries since 19 August 2017 - Alfred R. Giraud - Inyo County Sheepman
Entries since 01 September 2017 - Bob Swandt - Cowboy of the High Sierra
Entries since 19 October 2017 - A Trip to God's Country by E.J. O'Keefe
Entries since 20 October 2017 - Several articles on Owens Valley/Lake Land Use
Entries since 23 October 2017 - Spanish and Indian Place Names of the Sierra Nevada
Entries since 03 November 2017 - Cerro Gordo pages completely revamped



Entries since 15 October 2016 - Packer Publications - Duane Rossi's new book
Entries since 29 November 2016 - Bill Smart Archives
Entries since 12 December 2016 - 60 Years of Friendship: Ed Turner, Richard Morgan, Eddie Mike
Entries since 28 December 2016 - 20 Mule Team Days
Entries since 28 December 2016 - Early Bishop
Entries since 13 January 2017 - At the Movies in Owens Valley
Entries since 17 January 2017 - Darwin Saloon Tokens
Entries since 24 January 2017 - Keeler marble works
Entries since 24 January 2017 - Big Pine Residents

Entries since 16 February 2017 - Carson and Colorado Railroad
Entries since 16 February 2017 - Carson and Colorado Railroad
Entries since 20 February 2017 - Help Solve the Mystery
Entries since 20 February 2017 - Keeler
Entries since 07 March 2017 - John Jordan Trail and Hot Springs
Entries since 12 March 2017 - North of Bishop
Entries since 12 March 2017 - At the Movies in Owens Valley - RAM Truck Commercials
Entries since 12 March 2017 - Hotel Butler Tokens
Entries since 12 March 2017 - Hotel Norman and Independence Hotel Tokens
Entries since 23 March 2017 - Lone Pine "Winter Scene" by Indigo Hernandez
Entries since 08 April 2017 - Keeping the Dust Down in California's Owens Valley
Entries since 11 May 2017 - Tommy Jefferson - Sara Jefferson photo additions
Entries since 11 May 2017 - Packer Publications
Entries since 12 May 2017 - Kathy Bancroft Archives - new additiions
Entries since 12 May 2017 - Duane Rossi shares about Tunnel Aircamp
Entries since 15 May 2017 - Crest View Lodge Brochure
Entries since 15 May 2017 - Ed Brown's "Rhyme Doesn't Pay" new additions

Entries since 28 May 2017 - Slacklining with Johnny Moseley
Entries since 29 May 2017 - Long Valley Convict Lake Photocards
Entries since 06 July 2017 - Laws
Entries since 06 July 2017 - Independence
Entries since 20 July 2017 - Sam Lewis Pack Station Plackard
Entries since 25 July 2017 - Duane Rossi on Golden Trout
Entries since 14 August 2017 - The 1903 Sierra Club High Trip from Mineral King to Mt. Whtiney
Entries since 25 August 2017 - Big Pine pages completely revamped (starting here)
Entries since 12 September 2017 - Spanish Discovery of the Sierra Nevada
Entries since 13 September 2017 - Two Times the Stranger - Jewish pioneers of Independence
Entries since 02 October 2017 - Katharine Krater Stories - Independence and Manzanar
Entries since 16 October 2017 - More High Sierra Cowboys by Peter Perkins
Entries since 16 October 2017 - Mount Whitney, Sierra Club, Sierra Nevada by Francis Farquhar
Entries since 30 October 2017 - S&P Engine #18 rolls again at the Laws Railroad Museum
Entries since 28 November 2017 - Nephi Gleich photos of the Mono Basin Project


Site navigation: You may navigate through this web site by returning to home and clicking on one of the buttons below or by using the arrows at the bottom of each page. The arrows will point you to the next three or prevous three pages of site information. New additions to the site are always featured above.


Owens Valley History Index

Mt. Whitney Pack Trains (MWPT)
Owens Valley History
button 1950s MWPT Brochure

button Bill Smart / Paul Lamos Archives

button Bruce Morgan Memories

button Bruce Morgan's 20-Mule Team

button Chrysler and Cook Brochure

button Chrysler & Cook Days

button Duane Rossi: Cowboy Poet

button Ed Brown - Packer & Cowboy Poet

button Irene Kritz - Cook, Packer, Author

button Jaye and Bob Douglas Archives

button Kathy Jefferson-Bancroft Archives

button Reif Kipp Archives

button Mary Jefferson Archives

button Monache Meadows Cowboys

button Morgans, The

button MWPT - 1930s & 1940s

button MWPT Packers - 1940s - 1972

button MWPT Reunions

button MWPT Roster of Packers

button Nancy Droubay Archives

button One Packer's Sierra Experience

button Packer's Books / Publications

button Packing, 50 Years Ago

button Rena Beth Moore-Smith Archives

button Robert House - GTC Packer

button Sierra Club "High Trips" - 1946 - 1972

button Stephanie Morgan Archives 01

button Stephanie Morgan Archives 02

button Stephanie Morgan Archives 03

button To Top of Mt. Whitney" by Rena Moore

button Tommy Jefferson

button Aberdeen

button Big Pine

button Bishop

button Carson & Colorado RR

button Cartago

button Casa Diablo & Hot Creek

button Casa Vieja & Surrounding Areas

button Cerro Gordo

button Coso Hot Springs

button Darwin

button El Camino Sierra

button Glacier Lodge & Palisades

button Golden Trout Camp

button Independence

button June Lake Area

button Keeler

button Keough's Hot Springs

button Laws & Laws RR Museum

button Little Lake

button Lone Pine

button Mammoth Lakes Area

button Manzanar Internment Camp

button Manzanar - Town

button Mono Lake Area

button Mt. Whitney Trail

button Near Owens Valley

button North of Bishop

button Olancha

button Owens Valley & Owens Lake

button Rex Montis Mine

button Saline Valley Salt Tram Photo Album

button Sherman Stevens' Sawmill

button Tunnel Airfield

button Alfred R. Giraud

button Allie Robinson (Pack Trains)

button Bob Swandt

button Burton Frasher

button Dave & Gayle Woodruff

button Desert Padre (Fr. John J. Crowley)

button Duane Rossi - Squawbuck Joe

button Ed Brown - Rhyme Doesn't Pay

button Franklin Merrill-Wolff

button George Brown, Native American

button Hiroshi Honda

button Irene Kritz - Campfire and Smoke

button Jim Thorpe, Native American

button John H. Lubken

button Lona Burkhart

button Mary Austin

button Matlicks

button Norman Clyde

button Olds Family of Keeler

button Sam Lewis

button Sierra Lady Pack Station

button Slim Randles - Sun Dog Days

button Squawbuck Joe

button Willie Chalfant

button Wonacotts

button 20 Mule Team History

button 1903 Sierra Club High Trip

button 1916 Sierra Club High Trip Photo Album

button Allie Robinson Pack Trains

button Aparejo Packing in the Sierras

button Bessie Brady Steamer

button Bishop Mule Days

button Black Jed - B24 Bomber

button CG Portal

button Death Valley Sketches

button Ghosts of Past 1 - 20 Mule Team

button Heritage and Humble Pie

button High Sierra Pack Stations

button High sierra Panoramas

button Lone Pine-to-Porterville High Sierra Road

button Lone Pine Stampede

button Movie Production in Owens Valley

button Night Ride

button Owens Valley Aqueduct

button Owens Valley Brochures

button Owens Valley Progress-Citizen Newspaper

button Packing Equipment

button Saline-to-Owens Valley Tram

button Sawdust Magazine

button Sierra Club High Trips

button Sierra Nevada Crossing

button Sierra Nevada Place Names

button Sierra Nevada Wildflowers

button Stories: High Sierra, Owens Valley, Packing

button Tales Along El Camino Sierra

button The Album: Times & Tales of Inyo - Mono

button Tuttle Creek Ashram

button Whitney Portal Road Construction


owens valley
Owens Valley - looking southwest from the Inyo Mountains near Harkless Flat. Tinemaha Reservor in the foreground.


Mt. Whitney Pack Trains, Vintage Photo Request



Attention ... you must see this!

Flight over Owens Valley and the High Sierra
Flight over Mammoth Lakes Area

Flight over the California Basin and Range Province
Other flights
by Dr. William A. Bowen
steam locomotive



northern nevada
Click to see locomotive in action


mt. whitney pack trains


Owens Valley History readers, it's time to put on your thinking cap, we all need your help. Many vistors have left me with unsolved questions, mysteries, etc. regarding people, places, and events that have occurred in Owens Valley. Please take the time to look at this new page on the website and see if you might have the answer to some of the readers questions. If you have any information at all please e-mail the individual with your comments.

The Internet Wayback Machine


East and Drive U.S. 395
east and drive 395


Index to USGS Topo Maps
Early 1900s USGS Topo Maps from University of Texas Library
university of texas


Eastern California Museum - Independence, CA
eastern california museum


In search of Owens Valley Ancestory? The following Inyo County website might be your answer.
Courtesy of Pam in Bishop, CA

  Inyo County Gen Web

Hey all of you desert lovers!
All of the issues of Desert Magazine, starting with 1937, are now online for you viewing pleasure.
Many thanks to Rocko for making this wonderful magazine available to all of us desert rats once again.

Many thanks to the Backcountry Horsemen of California for their continuing efforts over the decades to help preserve the Sierra Nevada and keep it open to livestock. They strive to promote conservation and the awareness of the benefit of livestock in the backcountry. In addition I, in particular, am thankful that they strive to keep everyone appraised of those, who through misguided legislation or self interests, would try to ban livestock from the mountain range packers not only opened to the public, but who also made us aware of the importance of preserving that same country. It is indeed ironic that it has been those on two feet with easy road-end access to the Sierra, and not four, who have contaminated nearly every stream and lake in the Sierra with giardia.


Many heartfelt thanks to all of the packers, Owens Valley pioneers, and friends who have so generously contributed to this site in pictures and words so that others might share in the experiences that God has so graciously granted to them!


Share the experiences you have had:

If you have pictures of people/places which you would like posted on this site please e-mail me for posting instructions. Please try to include the following information with each picture or story (if you can recall):

  • The date the picture was taken (month/year)
  • The place the picture was taken
  • The names of any people in the picture
  • The type of trip you were on (Sierra Club, Trail Riders, private party, hunting, trail crew etc.)
  • The trip leader and cook's name

In addition to pictures, if you have a particular trail story, humorous or serious, which you would like to share with everyone please e-mail it directly to me. If you e-mail the file, please send the file in either Microsoft Word, if possible, or as a pure text file.

Remember - there are a host of folks out there waiting to blessed by your High Sierra or Owens Valley story. Don't disapoint them, or yourself, by failing to share your experience.

Thank you, from everyone, for obeying that still small voice within you and sharing your heart and experiences with everyone.

Owens Lake in 1911 before it was drained dry by Los Angeles
owens lake

Free Guestbook
Sign Guestbook

View Old Guest Book Entries
Oct 1999 - Feb 2015 (MS Word)

 Pigmy Packer & Guests
The Pigmy Packer (1970), with his horse - Quarter Boy, and two guest from New York on New Army Pass. Mules were Nigger, Bart, and Dan.

Free Guestbook
View Guestbook

View Old Guest Book Entries
Oct 1999 - Feb 2015 (PDF)

The Pigmy Packer (1997)

CONTACT the Pigmy Packer

The Pigmy Packer (2001)

My Favorite Sierra Nevada Fish - Volcano Creek Golden Trout
golden trout

Website Navigation
Use the navigation bars at the bottom of each page or return to the HomePage Index.


Golden Trout Camp in the High Sierra


 Mt. Whitney Pack Train's Chrysler & Cook Brochure


 1930s & 1940s Mt. Whitney Pack Trains


Sierra Crossing


 Panoramas of the High Sierra

This page was last updated on 03 December 2017


smart guestbook

california directory