ECM: Book Signing - Tales Along El Camino Sierra


History Program and Book Signing at the Eastern California Museum in Independence It’s time to take another sentimental trip down memory lane, also known as El Camino Sierra.

On Saturday June 8, the Eastern California Museum in Independence will be hosting a history program titled, “A Sentimental Journey Along Highway 395,” presented by authors David and Gayle Woodruff. In addition to relating interesting and little-remembered stories about the people and places along US 395, the Woodruffs will also be introducing their new book, “Tales Along El Camino Sierra, Two!” This volume is a sequel to their popular “El Camino” Eastern Sierra history book. As such, it also contains an interesting selection of the region’s historical gems, and plenty of photos.

The Woodruffs have lived, worked and vacationed in the Eastern Sierra for over 50 years. They have compiled historical photographs and documents through extensive research, using a variety of educational and informational resources (including the Eastern California Museum) to publish their 6th book on Eastern
California history.

El Camino Sierra was the name first given to the original Highway 395 in Inyo and Mono counties. In 1910, intent on getting their share of the first state highway construction bond measure, members of the Inyo Good Road Club coined the name El Camino Sierra as a marketing tool to help draw the attention of the state decision makers in Sacramento, to this lightly populated area of the state. Their tireless and effective promotional efforts even brought the first sitting governor of the State of California to the land of Inyo and Mono.

“Highway 395 -- this magical ribbon of blacktop -- has been taking people on a sentimental journey for over 100 years. Rarely does a roadway invoke such nostalgic memories as ‘The Mountain Highway,’” noted author David Woodruff. “Our new book on this unique thoroughfare, ‘Tales Along El Camino Sierra, Two!,’ includes 43 new tales of engaging and often amusing narratives of the human history that has unfolded along this special roadway over the years,” he added.

In the presentation, the Woodruffs will take a sentimental look at the people and places that have helped shape this region into more than just a vacation wonderland. “The Eastern Sierra has also become a blissful state of mind and storehouse of memories that continues to inspire and galvanize people throughout their daily lives,” noted David Woodruff.

The history program and book-signing event will be held on Saturday June 8 at the Eastern California Museum, 155 N. Grant Street, Independence from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the book signing, the Woodruff will have on display ephemera, photos and memorabilia from their impressive personal collection.

Light refreshments will also be served. For more information, you call 760 878-0258.

The story of William Probascos Lone Pine Telescope, which captured photographs of the determined souls who conquered the summit of Mt. Whitney, is included in “Tales Along El Camino Sierra, Two!” Woodruff Collection.

The story of William Probascos Lone Pine Telescope, which captured photographs of the determined souls who conquered the summit of Mt. Whitney, is included in “Tales Along El Camino Sierra, Two!” Woodruff Collection.

ESLT: Garden Inspiration Tour


Garden Inspiration Tour - Hosted by Eastern Sierra Land Trust
Tour will take place in Bishop and Chalfant
When: Saturday June 8th (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
10:00 a.m.: Little Free Library Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

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Explore Blooming, Buzzing Gardens and Celebrate Summer Reading Summer is on its way! Gardens are blooming and reading lists are growing. Celebrate both on June 8 th . Pollinator garden enthusiasts will open their garden gates to the community during a free tour, as Eastern Sierra Land Trust unveils their new Little Free Library!

Do you feel the buzz? All across the Eastern Sierra, butterflies, hummingbirds and bees are busy at work. Pollinators like these play a critical role in creating the natural beauty we see all around us at this time of year. Our vibrant hillsides, our flourishing ranches and farms, and our glorious wildflowers are all thriving thanks to them. And then there are the gardens. This summer, over one hundred local gardens have been certified as a pollinator-friendly habitat as a part of Eastern Sierra Land Trust’s (ESLT’s) Eastside Pollinator Garden Project. Each of these gardens is created differently, and each is charming and delightful in its own unique way.

Eastside gardeners have been working hard to help important pollinators thrive in their own backyards. Now, they are inviting the community to see the blooming fruits of their labor!

So on June 8 th , don’t miss ESLT’s free Garden Inspiration Tour. Community members of all ages can contact ESLT to pick up a tour map. Then, they can go explore these lovely local gardens in Bishop and Chalfant, at their own pace and in any order.

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Each stop on the Garden Inspiration Tour will not only offer chances to ask host gardeners all your questions, but will also feature special family-friendly activities. Participants can learn about installing the perfect drip line irrigation, watch a plein air painting demonstration, hear easy and fun garden photography tips, and more. One exciting stop on the tour will be ESLT’s office at 250 N. Fowler Street in Bishop. At 10 AM, they will host an official ribbon-cutting ceremony unveiling a new Little Free Library! This is permanently-installed community resource is put in place for anyone to use – come by to take a book or leave a book, anytime. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, community members can get ideas for summer book lists and celebrate reading alongside ESLT’s own beautiful pollinator garden. To join the Garden Inspiration Tour and receive a map of participating gardens, please contact Marie Ring, ESLT Education Coordinator and AmeriCorps Member at or (760) 873 – 4554.