Zurich Station, Owens Valley

This is Zurich Station, an old railroad station on the Carson & Colorado Railway which used to run down the eastern side of the Owens Valley.  We discovered this gem on our way back from the Bristlecone Pineforest.

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The station was established in 1884.  It fell into disuse in the 1940s and abandoned in 1960 when the railroad ceased operations.

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There are some interesting twisted metal objects lying around.  We decided this was some sort of railroad part.

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The station was named Zurich as the eastern Sierras reminded Owens Valley resident Emelie Nikolaus of her native Switzerland.

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The view from the porch …

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The Carson Colorado Railroad ran from Mound House, Nevada to Keeler, which is located a bit south from here on the eastern shore of Owens Lake.  See my post on Keeler for more on the Carson-Colorado Railroad.

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