INYO COUNTY IS HOME TO BOTH
MOUNT WHITNEY AND DEATH VALLEY !
"So what," you say?
Mount Whitney, at 14,495 feet elevation, is the tallest point in the adjacent United States AND Death Valley's Badwater, at 282 feet below sea level, is the lowest point on the continent. AND from certain peaks surrounding Death Valley you can see both Mount Whitney and Badwater - a total of14,777 vertical feet!!!
WOW!!! Can you do THAT at home?
WHY IS IT CALLED
LAND OF THE 20-MILE SHADOWS?
Inyo County is home to Mount Whitney, at 14,495 feet elevation, the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States.
As sunset approaches, the shadows of Whitney and surrounding peaks glide eastward across Owens Valley and climb the slopes of the Inyo Mountains. As the last rays of sunlight dance on the Inyo's highest peaks, shadows are approximately 20 miles long.
(Phrase coined by Dave Holland, author of "On Location in Lone Pine: A Pictorial Guide To One Of Hollywood's Favorite Movie Locations For 70 Years!")
ELECTED OFFICIALS OF INYO COUNTY
Board of Supervisors
Post Office Box N
Independence, CA 93526
Supervisor, District 1 - Linda Arcularius
Supervisor, District 2 - Susan Cash
Supervisor, District 3 - Ted Williams
Supervisor, District 4 - Jim Bilyeu
Supervisor, District 5 - Richard Cervantes
YOU MAY HAVE ALREADY BEEN TO INYO COUNTY!
Hundreds of movies and commercials have been filmed in the Alabama Hills, just west of Lone Pine. If you see a western set amongst roundeed hills with steep mountains in the background or a car racing along a road through those hills - those could easily be the Alabama Hills.
If you visit Lone Pine, don't miss the Trading Post where dozens of movie stars have scratched their names into the walls.
Also visit the
Museum of Lone Pine
A FEW FACTS ON THIS GREAT PLACE
Inyo County Created: 1866
Parent County: Tulare
County Seat: Independence
Total Area: 10,140 sq. miles
Highest Point: Mount Whitney (14,492')
Lowest Point: Badwater (282' below sea level)
Population (1998): 18,484
Federal - 92.0%
City of Los Angeles - 3.9%
State - 2.4%
Private - 1.7%
Population (2000 census) - 17,945
Households (2000 census) - 7,703
Median Family Income (2002 estimate) - $42.100