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Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra by Gena Philibert-Ortega
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May 01, 2012

it was amazing
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Read in April, 2012

This is one of the best Images of America books I've read so far. It covers a large swath of eastern California. Inyo and Mono Counties are two of the state's largest, and at one point were among the wealthiest, but now are home to less than 32,000 people. The history spans from the native peoples through the Gold and Silver Rushes, up to the interment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and on to the current farming and ranching that continues to this day.

Philibert-Ortega acknowledges that there are graveyards -- and lonely graves -- scattered throughout the Eastern Sierras. Instead, she chooses to focus on the larger or more historically important communities, including Manzanar, Bodie, Mono Lake, and the Owens Valley. There's a lot of history packed in this little book. The author does a great job of summarizing the stories and illustrating them with the appropriate headstone, as well as with the occasional vintage photograph.

Of special note are David Ortega's crisp photographs, documenting the graveyards as they currently exist. These are among the most beautiful photos to appear in an Images of America cemetery book.


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