It started nowhere and ended nowhere. It was the Carson and Colorado and became the Southern Pacific. Strange circumstance dictated two life’s for the line and more than those two names.
From Moundhouse in Nevada this Narrow gauge line started its run south. Moundhouse was just an exchange point for the standard gauge Virginia and Truckee Railroad. The line headed for the Colorado River and somewhere south of the Walker Lake in Nevada during construction there was news of rich ore strikes in Eastern California. Plans changed and the railroad veered to the West and headed over Montgomery Pass into Eastern California into the Owens Valley. Most of the mines were on the Eastern side of the Owens Valley and the railroad followed that route. Most of the towns were on and still are on the Western side of the valley.
The closes point the railroad came to a town was here in Laws a small settlement, only a few miles from Bishop.
There is a whole lot more history, but I will leave it here for now.
Laws California North of Bishop off Highway 6
© David “Bodie” Bailey