Shoshone in Inyo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Located at Metbury Spring on the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad, Shoshone was founded in 1910 by Ralph Jacobus "DAD" Fairbanks. After the collapse of the mining camp of Greenwater (approximately 20 miles northwest of here), "DAD" Fairbanks came to Metbury Springs hoping to capitalize on the increased traffic through the area brought about by the railroad. Fairbanks, his sons and his son-in-law, Charlie Brown, moved the salvagable buildings and scrap from Greenwater to his new town of Shoshone. The town quickly prospered and soon a store was opened as well as an eatery for passengers on the T&T. In 1919 "DAD" moved on, leaving the operation of the town to Charlie Brown and his wife Stella. Shoshone continued to grow, adding a restaurant and two motels. Charlie Brown became an important figure in the region as well, representing Inyo, Mono and Alpine counties in the California State Senate. Upon his election, Charlie Brown handed management of the town over to his daughter and son-in-law, Bernice Brown-Sorrells and Maury Sorrells. Even after the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad discontinued operations in 1941, Shoshone continued to be an important
By Mark German, October 12, 2014
1. Shoshone Marker
hub in the eastern Death Valley country, serving travelers on highways 127 and 178. The town is still managed by a member of the Brown-Fairbanks Family and her husband.
By Mark German, October 12, 2014
2. Shoshone Marker
Mark German and Randy Stewart next to Shoshone historic marker.
Erected 2014 by Billy Holcomb Chapter No. 1069 and Slim Princess Chapter No. 395, E Clampus Vitus and Shoshone Dev. Co., Inc,. (Marker Number 152.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
Location. 35° 58.493′ N, 116° 16.2′ W. Marker is in Shoshone, California, in Inyo County. Marker is on California Route 178, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in front of the Museum Gift Shop Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shoshone CA 92384, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. China Ranch (approx. 12.8 miles away).
By Sean Lujan, October 12, 2014
3. Shoshone Marker
Billy Holcomb Chapter next to the Shoshone historic marker.
4. RJ "Dad" Fairbanks
By Michael Kindig, October 12, 2014
5. Dedication PatchShoshone
Billy Holcomb 1069
Fall Clampout 6019
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 12, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 452 times since then and 29 times this year. Last updated on November 3, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 14, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. 4. submitted on October 12, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. 5. submitted on October 28, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.