The Map Room

Anyone who knows me knows that I love maps! I'm always collecting them, and I'll be posting a few of my favorites here.

Where Are We?

This page was looking very naked without its first map.

1864 Map of Owens Valley

Click on map to enlarge.

This is an 1864 map of the Owens Valley. Between the highest point in the Continental United States, Mt. Whitney, and the lowest point in North America, Badwater (Death Valley), lies the vast wilderness of the Eastern Sierra and the Owens Valley, major fishing destination, and primary water source for the City of Los Angeles. This map includes Owens Lake before the Department of Water and Power dried it up, as well as the locations of numerous mining towns that have similarly dried up and blown away.

Our present location is in Independence, present-day county seat of Inyo County, which most people know of only as the home of Death Valley. Independence did not yet exist in 1864 (Camp Independence was situated just north of the present town site), but would have been located just west of Bend City (which no longer exists). Putting this in perspective for folks who've never been here: we're roughly 222 miles from either Los Angeles or Las Vegas, and 250 miles south of Reno.

It's a beautiful place to visit, and you'll want a modern map when you come. I'd attach one here, but you can get those anywhere.

When Are We?

In the geologic scheme of things, we're wafer-thin. Independence is in the northeast quadrant of the map here, somewhere between 100-million-year-old Cretaceous Sierra Nevada granite on the west, and 300-million-year-old Pennsylvanian Inyo limestone on the east.