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Bishop in Inyo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Slim Princess

 
 
Slim Princess Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, September 30, 2014
1. Slim Princess Marker
Inscription.  The Slim Princess “Engine 9” was built in 1909 and first saw service on the 36 inch narrow gauge rails (standard gauge is 4 feet 8 ½ inches) of the Nevada, California and Oregon Railroad. It came to the Mina Branch of the Southern Pacific in 1929 and ran from Mina to Keeler until 1938.

In it’s early years, the Slim Princess (no one knows the origin of the name) carried passengers as well as mining and agricultural outputs. However, with the advent of highways and standard track, the decline in mining, the lines were abandoned and in 1945 the rails were taken up for the Second World War.

In 1954 S.P. purchases a diesel engine so the remaining 3 steam engines (which could burn up to 800 gallons of oil per round trip from Laws to Keeler) were retired. No. 9 ran under her own power for the last time in 1959 and was then kept as a standby. It was seen in several movies shot in the area including John Wayne’s “The Three Godfathers”.

The Slim Princess was donated to Inyo County and along with the depot, water tower, turntable, etc., it formed the nucleus of the Laws Museum and Historical Site. Its located 5 miles north
Slim Princess Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, September 30, 2014
2. Slim Princess Marker
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of Bishop on Highway 6.

Artists: Robert Thomas, John Knowlton, and Rich Perkins.
 
Erected by Bishop Mural Society 2000.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1909.
 
Location. 37° 21.873′ N, 118° 23.66′ W. Marker is in Bishop, California, in Inyo County. Marker is on Pine Street east of U.S. 395, on the left when traveling east. Located on Fendon’s Furniture north wall. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 175 E Pine St, Bishop CA 93514, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Whiskey Creek History (within shouting distance of this marker); The Little Kittie Inn (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ernest Kinney Teamster Family Mural (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Atlas Copco Mucker" (approx. 0.2 miles away); History of "Dangerous Arrest" (approx. ¼ mile away); The Old Inyo County Jailhouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Mule (approx. 0.6 miles away); Project Sierra Wave (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bishop.
 
Slim Princess Marker and Mural image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, September 30, 2014
3. Slim Princess Marker and Mural
Slim Princess Mural image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, September 30, 2014
4. Slim Princess Mural
Slim Princess at the Laws Railroad Museum image. Click for full size.
2017
5. Slim Princess at the Laws Railroad Museum
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on October 26, 2014, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 595 times since then and 78 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 26, 2014, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   5. submitted on April 4, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 4, 2022