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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2018 12:46 p.m. PST

"In the mid-1800s, early settlers in towns and mining camps in Inyo and Mono Counties needed larger and heavier items such as lumber, building materials, farm equipment, or machinery. The nearest railroad lines were hundreds of miles away.

Fortunately there were freight haulers, a group of sturdy individuals with the unique skills necessary to drive heavy freight wagons pulled by large teams of mules and horses. It's been said that without the freighters and their dependable mule teams, the task of meaningful settlement of California's "Last Frontier" would have been delayed, at least until the arrival of a rail line.

When motorized trucks began hauling freight from Laws to Bishop, the days of the freight wagons and mule teams soon came to an end…."
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