The Owens Valley by Jane Wehrey
The Owens Valley is a bold and beautiful land where rugged alpine peaks tower over the deep trough of high desert that John Muir called "a country of wonderful contrasts." Inhabiting a rich and complex past are native people, miners, cattlemen, farmers, and city builders who laid claim, often violently, to its resources. By 1913, Owens River water was flowing south through the Los Angeles Aqueduct, and from the long and bitter conflicts that followed emerged an Owens Valley future far removed from the agrarian Eden envisioned by 19th-century pioneers. Today, unparalleled recreational opportunities draw millions of visitors annually to this "long brown land" even as reminders of a quintessential Western past linger in its open vistas, epic landscape, and enduring traditions.
Historian and Owens Valley native Jane Wehrey is the author of Voices From This Long Brown Land: Oral Recollections of Owens Valley Lives and Manzanar Pasts and Images of America: Manzanar. For The Owens Valley, she has tapped the extensive archives of the Eastern California Museum and other collections. Represented is the work of Andrew Forbes, Burton Frasher, Allen Ramsey, and other photographers, both professional and amateur, who have been captivated by the rich texture of life and landscape in the Owens Valley.
Paperback: 126 pp