Memory Lane ...

Memory Lane ...Emma Odle and Milus G. Robison pose with their dog at the door of the Magnesia Siding cookshack during the period when the famed Epsom Salts monorail extended from a mine in the Panamint Range across Searles Lake to a standard-gauge railroad near Trona. The short-lived line transported Epsom salts for less than two years (1924-26), and mere traces of it exist today. Odle was the cook and Robison was the foreman for the crews constructing and operating the line. The couple soon married and lived in the Indian Wells Valley for many years thereafter. You can learn more about this rare commercial venture and see dozens of other historic photos of the monorail’s construction and operation in Maturango Museum Publication 16, “The Epsom Salts Monorail: The American Magnesium Company Monorail in San Bernardino County, California,” by Alexander K. Rogers, available for sale in the museum store, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week except during major holidays. — Photo courtesy of the Roberta Starry collection, Maturango Museum

Story First Published: 2019-01-25