HSUMD dinner mtg. features history of Hwy 395

HSUMD dinner mtg. features  history of  Hwy 395The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert will hold its annual dinner meeting Tuesday, May 15, at the Historic USO Building.

Doors open at 6 p.m., with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. After a brief business meeting and election of board members, the society will hear a program by David Woodruff on “The History of El Camino Sierra,” the former name of Highway 395.

The roadway was originally developed as part of a promotional effort of the Inyo Good Road Club to obtain a share of the first state road construction bond in 1910.

“This historic ribbon of black top has been creating fond memories and sentimental journeys ever since,” said David Woodruff, who with his wife Gayle wrote a book about El Camino Sierra.

The program will combine an engaging narrative with rarely seen historic photographs. The Woodruffs life in Independence, where they share a passion for Eastern California history. The author of four books on the subject, David Woodruff also writes a history column for the Inyo Register, produces a daily history program for KSRW Radio in Bishop and serves on the Friends of the Eastern California Museum.

He became interested in the almost-lost history of El Camino Sierra while doing related research at the Eastern California Museum.

Boardmember Chuck Cordell and his Habitat for Humanity crew will prepare a tri-tip dinner for $10 per person, and attendees are asked to purchase their tickets as soon as possible at the Historic USO Gift Shop so Cordell can get an accurate head count.

For more info call HSUMD at 760-375-8456.

Pictured: David and Gayle Woodruff at a Bishop Chamber of Commerce event. — Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2018-05-11