Welcome to Laws

Laws Train

Join other visitors from around the world who have come here to experience this unique museum setting. You’ll find eleven acres of indoor and outdoor exhibits including the original depot and steam locomotive engine #9.  Experience what life was like over 100 years ago.

The Carson and Colorado was a narrow-gauge railroad line that passed through the Laws Depot, extending from Reno in the north to the town of Keeler, on the east side of Owens Lake.

In 1960, the train steamed into Laws for the last time. The station, rail yard, land, depot and other buildings were then donated to Inyo County and the City of Bishop by Southern Pacific.  In 1964 the Bishop Museum and Historical Society was formed and the Laws Railroad Museum opened its doors in 1966.

People immediately began donating items, even entire historic structures, ranging from antique pioneer furnishings, old photographs, wagons, farm equipment and mining equipment, and a working stamp mill.

You’ll see the original “Slim Princess” steam engine coupled to its boxcars and caboose, surrounded by the original supporting facilities including the oil & water tanks, turntable, and Agent's house.

Laws Museum and Historical Site is California Historical Landmark No. 953, and is listed on the US Department of Interior's National Registry of Historic Places.  Come and enjoy a physical connection to the past as you immerse yourself in pioneer life..

Laws is 5 miles north of Bishop on Route 6, the Grand Army of the Republic Highway.