General Information about Laws Museum

What is the Laws Railroad Museum?

Slim Princess Engine No.9

Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior, and designated by the State of California as Historical Landmark # 953, the Laws Railroad Museum and Historical Site is not just another train museum.

Located on the site of the Laws Railroad station and rail yard, the land, 1883 depot and other buildings, and the last train, were donated to Inyo County and the City of Bishop by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1960.

At the time that the railroad shut down its operations, the village of Laws which had grown up around the rail yard had disappeared. That village has been recreated by moving in historic buildings from around the Owens Valley...


Experience Laws

Laws Train

Join other visitors from around the world who have come here to experience this unique museum setting. Eleven acres of indoor and outdoor exhibits include the original depot and steam locomotive engine No 9. Nearly 50 authentic structures surround you with objects of pioneer life. Visitors can see the actual tools used by gold miners, blacksmiths, railroad workers, dentists, physicians, newspaper publishers and more.

California Historical Landmark No. 953