Owensville, California

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Owensville is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 37°24′03″N 118°20′44″W / 37.40083°N 118.34556°W / 37.40083; -118.34556Coordinates: 37°24′03″N 118°20′44″W / 37.40083°N 118.34556°W / 37.40083; -118.34556
CountryUnited States
CountyInyo County
4,117 ft (1,255 m)
Official nameFirst Permanent White Habitation in Owens Valley[1]
Reference no.230

Owensville (also, Glen Mary) is a former settlement in Inyo County, California.[2] It was located west of the future site of the modern-day town of Laws.[2] Owensville was started as a mining camp in 1863.[2] By 1871 it had been abandoned.[2] The former settlement site is on U.S. Route 6 north of Bishop, California.

A post office operated at Owensville from 1866 to 1870, when it was transferred to Bishop, California (then called Bishop Creek).[2] From 1868 to 1869, the town was called Glen Mary.[2] The site is now registered as California Historical Landmark #230 as the "First Permanent White Habitation in Owens Valley" assigned on June 20, 1935..[1]

The California Historical Landmark reads:

NO. 230 FIRST PERMANENT WHITE HABITATION IN OWENS VALLEY - In August of 1861, A. Van Fleet and three other men drove their cattle into Owens Valley and prepared to stay. A cabin of sod and stone was built at the big bend of the Owens River at the northern end of the valley.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "First Permanent White Habitation in Owens Valley". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-07.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 1177. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ californiahistoricallandmarks.com # 209