Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Set your calendar for Saturday, March 13, 2010

www.SaltTram.blogspot.com   SalineValleySaltTram@gmail.com
Salt Tram history is rapidly disappearing, and we are striving to rediscover the efforts of our forefathers in order to give proper recognition to their hopes, dreams and abundant sweat from an era that is rapidly fading from our memories. We are actively seeking out information about the mining of Salt in Saline Valley between 1903 and the 1950's, including: documents, photos, articles, stories, artifacts, etc. If you can help us out, please email us at the address above - Thank-you! --Tim and Brian Waag, the Waag brothers (aka E. Clampus Waagus).
Caution (PLEASE READ): Climbing around on the tramway is dangerous because its really old and defnitely unsafe, so don't even think about it. Shoot, just getting to it requires some perilous hiking, and if you don't believe me, just take a look at the Zig Zag Access Trail (or what's left of it). Plus, climbing on it weakens it and endangers your life. Also, the Saline Valley Salt Tram is on the National Register of Historic Places and should be treated with the respect that it deserves. What little remains is of great historic value, and should not be disturbed in any way. Heck, its probably against the law to move parts of the tram around, and certainly a crime to take home some of the few bits of it that remain (though you'd have to ask your friendly local BLM agent for details). So please treat it with the respect it deserves, so that future generations can enjoy whats left, without you messing it up. Really. Please. You can see its listing on the National Register of Historic Places at these web links:
National Register of Historic Places 1          National Register of Historic Places 2

Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 5:30pm in Independence, California

 The "Friends of the Eastern California Museum" have asked my younger brother Brian and me to give a presentation on our Salt Tram Research at their Annual Membership Meeting/Dinner on Saturday, March 13, 2010, 5:30 p.m in Independence, California, at the Owens Valley School Multi-Purpose Room. We wanted to let folks know in case they were interested in attending. Also on the same day, there is a open house and reception at the Eastern California Museum from 3:30pm - 5pm.

Note on 2/5/2010 from Roberta about the presentation: We are putting together the newsletter for the Friends of the Eastern Califorinia Museum and I need a short bio on both of you for our article/section about the Annual Membership Meeting/Dinner on Saturday, March 13th, 5:30 p.m. (open house/reception at the Museum from 3:30 to 5 p.m.)  Can you please forward me asap a bit about your backgrounds and the presentation you plan to have - PowerPoint and talk, etc.  Also a mailing address.  You can forward the e-mail to my museum at rharlan@inyocounty.us  Again, can't wait for the program!!!

And of course, no post goes without a photo (or 2, or 4), so here goes:

Photo 1: Donna and Roberta at the Eastern California Museum - thanks for all your help.


Photo 2: Sue does research at the Independence Free Library in the basement of the Independence Courthouse.

Photo 3: Brian poses in front of the Classic Independence Courthouse.

Photo 4: Brian scanning microfilm of the Inyo Independent and the Inyo Register. We completed 4 years of scanning, with a lot of years to go!


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