Obscura Day 2015: The End of the Line at Laws Railroad Museum - Atlas Obscura

Bishop, California

Obscura Day 2015: The End of the Line at Laws Railroad Museum

Step back into the past to experience life in a historic railroad town and ride aboard an authentic 1927 Death Valley Railroad car!

Join us where the tracks come to an end as we explore the village of Laws, a reconstruction of a time past when the Laws Railroad Station was at the very heart of a bustling 19th century railroad town.

Located on the site of the Laws Railroad station and rail yard, the Laws Railroad Museum is composed of 11 acres of donated land and salvaged historic buildings, including the 1883 depot, the original water tower, a station agent's house and the very last train to arrive in Laws by the Southern Pacific Railroad before it was abandoned in 1959. By the time the railroad shut down, the village of Laws that had sprung up around the once-busy rail yard had all but disappeared.

Under the maintenance and care of the Bishop Museum and Historical Society, the abandoned village of Laws has been painstakingly rebuilt. The repurposed buildings are now stocked with exhibits, each showcasing an aspect of life in the Owens Valley at the end of the 19th century, from houses and barns to a mill, a general store, a barber shop, a dentist's office, and even a mine.

Join us on Saturday, May 30 to explore the town of Laws and the Laws Railroad Museum, and to experience the museum's original Death Valley motor car, which will be brought out for special Obscura Day rides. Built in 1927 by the Brill company for the Death Valley Railroad to carry tourists to the parent company’s tourist facilities in Death Valley, the car was donated to Inyo County “where it started its career” in 1967 by its last owner, The U. S. Potash Company. The car was derelict at the time of arrival, and sat out in the open at Laws for thirty years before the museum was able to find the money to restore it. Restoration took almost five years, and was done entirely by dedicated volunteers. Today the car is in beautiful condition, and a ride aboard this historic vehicle is certainly something to remember.

Please RSVP in Advance!

Saturday, May 30; open admission 10:30AM - 2:30PM
Cost: $3 for rides on Death Valley #5, purchase on site from the 1883 depot ticket office!
Admission to the Museum is by donation - $5 suggestion
Laws Railroad Museum
395 Silver Canyon Road
4.5 miles North of Bishop, off U.S. Highway 6
Bishop, CA, 93515

Picnic tables are available on site, as are sodas, water and snacks for purchase. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds.