Jim Downard supplies the following information:
|"Well, I remember when they planted those trees. The
wig wag is in need of being moved to a better spot. Also the side cover
is missing on one side so total restoration will be needed to make it functional.
I do not believe it was ever operational at its present location. The museum
has a lot of old buildings from the Owens Valley area that have been moved
there and restored. The laws station is there as well as one locomotive
and quite a bit of rolling stock. All from the old SP narrow gauge that
ran up the valley. The turntable, water tower, and oil tower are also still
there. Also lots of old tractors and farming equipment. The SP had three
narrow gauge steam engines that ran the line. One is in Laws, one is in
Independence which is south of
Bishop on 395, and one is in Sparks, Nevada. All are display only. Although for years there has been talk about resurrecting the line as a tourist attraction. If it had lasted a little longer it would probably be still in operation. The SP shut the line down in 1956."