More History this weekend

Eastern California Museum looking at “Tourism in Death Valley”

The Eastern California Museum is pleased to announce their community outreach program for residents and visitors alike continues this week with another evening program at the historic Winnedumah Hotel in Independence this Friday, August 21st.
This weeks 45 minute interpretive program will be “The History and Development of Tourism in Death Valley”. This program takes an in-depth look at all of Death Valley’s hotels from the Furnace Creek Resort to Wildrose Station.

Death Valley is America’s largest National Park outside of Alaska. Its resorts and hotel have long played an important financial and socioeconomic role in tourism dependent Inyo County. The people behind these hotels were visionaries and risk takers of the highest levels. The history of their dreams and determination makes for an incredible one of a kind story. Come hear how some dreams grew beyond their wildest expectations while others joined the ranks of other Death Valley disappointments. The program will be held just off the lobby of the historic Winnedumah and will begin at 7:00 p.m.
This event is free and provided with support from the non-profit Friends of the Eastern California Museum. Additional events are planned for the following weeks and on through September. Upcoming events will include an interpretive tour of Manzanar Historic Site, a program and slide show by noted Owens Valley rock art scholar Courtney Smith and a tour of the mining town of Cerro Gordo, road conditions permitting. Several additional events are planned as well.
For more information you can contact the Museum at or call (760) 878-0258.

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