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Introduction

  • Jane Wehrey
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Oral History book series (PSOH)

Abstract

The Owens Valley of eastern California is a bold and starkly beautiful land, a deep trough of high desert bounded on the west by the sheer granite flanks of the Sierra Nevada eastern escarpment and on the east by the dry, brown crests of the White-Inyo Range. The valley floor is narrow, 5 to 12 miles wide, with upward rises to the mountains on either side, and from the north slopes gently downward 90 miles to the far south end of Owens Lake. At a 3,700 foot average elevation, it is nearly 2 miles below the 14,000 foot peaks of the Sierra.

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